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Summit delegates clash over antibiotic use

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By Matthew Limb

A UK pig industry leader has rejected claims that food producers are not doing enough to reduce antibiotic use.

Zoe Davies, chief executive of the National Pig Association, defended the industry’s track record on tackling antimicrobial resistance at a summit on the Global Superbug Crisis held by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Westminster on Wednesday.

One of the speakers at the summit, Jim O’Neill, the economist who chaired the UK government’s influential Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, said he had been told by one of the few people trying to improve the use of antibiotics in food production that they had been ‘discouraged’ by the industry.

O’Neill added that his informant said the industry, supported by the National Pig Association, was trying to push the idea that antibiotics were not harmful in animals.

Although he acknowledged that the agriculture sector had …

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