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Funding tripled for plan to reduce antibiotics

February 2, 2017 by  
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Funding has tripled in support of an industry business plan to help UK farming play its part in the global drive to reduce the use of antibiotics animal and human medicine. 

The increase will be funded through higher subscriptions paid by members of the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance – the pan-industry body which represents organisations across https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/generic-viagra/ all stages of the food chain from farm to fork.

RUMA chairman Gwyn Jones said it showed the industry’s deepening commitment to work alongside experts in human medicine to reduce, refine and replace use of antibiotics globally – as well as building on the successful 10% reduction in UK farm animal use in 2015.

Mr Jones said: “RUMA’s new five-year plan is focused on leadership, supporting and co-ordinating sector-led reductions in the use of antibiotics, inspiring greater levels of responsible use among farmers, and increasing awareness among policy-makers and the general public.”

Reducing risk

He added: “While stewarding use of antibiotics in human medicine to reduce the risk from resistant bacteria is a pressing priority, farming has an important role to play in reducing risk of resistance developing through the food chain.”

The biggest challenge facing farming is how to reduce animal treatment with antibiotics without compromising welfare. Mr Jones said: “There is no silver bullet – it’s about small incremental changes that are carefully tried and tested before implementation.”

A well thought-out, science-based approach that improved natural immunity, reduced disease burden and found different ways to manage infection was essential to protect the well-being of animals, said Mr Jones.

The RUMA Alliance, which is 20 years old this year, is widely credited with defining existing best-practice standards which have seen the UK lead the way to being among the lower users of antibiotics on-farm in Europe.

Global pioneer

The alliance has also been a pioneer initiative globally, sharing best practice with countries such as Ireland and Canada, as well as the model for EPRUMA – the European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals.

RUMA has already ramped up its activity in anticipation of increased funding, including the creation last year of a targets task force to co-ordinate the different farming sectors as meaningful objectives for refining their use of antibiotics are identified.

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