British Report Stresses the Need to Reduce Antibiotics in Livestock

A new British report commissioned by David Cameron says the use of antibiotics in agriculture is fueling the spread of drug-resistant bacteria and must be reduced or even banned where they are important to human health.

The report comes weeks after scientists said they discovered bacteria resistant to all antibiotics in China, and just days after the same genetically mutated bug showed up in Denmark.

The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, led by former Goldman-Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill, says that it won’t be easy setting or implementing global reduction goals for antibiotic use, but the lives of both humans and animals depend on it.

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