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Antibiotic use in factory farming almost halved

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Sales of antibiotics for use on farm animals fell by 51% in the first half of 2012, making it likely the Netherlands will reach its 50% reduction goal a year early, farm minister Co Verdaas said on Tuesday.

The government has pledged to slash the use of antibiotics by half in 2013, compared with 2009. Dutch antibiotic use in factory farming is among the highest in Europe.

The Netherlands has 291 pigs and 77 cows per square kilometre, the highest density of farm animals in any of the 27 EU countries, news agency Bloomberg reported.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Good. It's funny to me that Dutch doctors are hesitant to give their human patients antibiotics, and yet the Dutch farming industry is allowed to pump their animals full.

By Sam | 28 November 2012 9:47 AM

The Netherlands tried just addressing resistance on the human side alone and found it did not work. Here in the US both medical doctors and animal producers over use antibiotics compared to the Netherlands. Other countries are even worse.

By Steve Roach | 28 November 2012 3:47 PM

@Sam: antibiotics have been used for years due the the close proximity of animals, (cramping them up in unhygienic small spaces.) The antibiotics in food stuffs are a major guarantee against disease & necessary to make the huge profits in factory farming.

By law, animals are supposed to be antibiotic free during their last days of life before the slaughter date...I wonder? :P

(The vets in NL are better than the doctors.)

By The visitor | 28 November 2012 9:17 PM

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