Lowest ever sales of livestock veterinary antibiotics recorded in UK

  09 November 2022

Antibiotics sales for use in food-producing animals more than halved since 2014.

Sales of antibiotics for use in livestock have reduced by 55% since 2014 to the lowest ever recorded level, the government’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) confirmed today (08 November).

The latest UK-Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance and Sales Surveillance (UK-VARSS) annual report shows how the UK is maintaining world-leading effective antibiotic stewardship in livestock, with reductions in farm-level antibiotic use reported by the pig, chicken, duck and trout sectors.

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Author(s): Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Veterinary Medicines Directorate
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