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‘Phase out antimicrobials for growth promotion’

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By Josh Loeb

All countries must immediately institute their own national bans on ‘last resort’ antimicrobials being used to help animals gain weight more quickly.

That demand from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) comes after research showed that, as of 2017, antimicrobials were being deployed routinely for growth promotion in animals in dozens of countries worldwide.

Of 155 countries that provided data to the OIE, 45 (29 per cent) still permitted one or more antimicrobials to be used to promote growth in farm animals.

The OIE did not identify the countries but said that one was in the Middle East, two were in Europe, 10 were in Africa, 18 were in the Americas and 14 were in Asia/Oceana.

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