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Livestock: Antibiotics

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL641, tabled on 18 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the use of antibiotic products on farm animals contributes significantly to the antibiotic resistance problem.

Answered on

2 July 2015

Bacteria naturally adapt and find new ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic; any use of an antibiotic accelerates the risk that bacteria will develop resistance.

The Government continues to carry out research and surveillance to better understand the link between antibiotic use and development of resistance.