April 14, 2004,
just-food.com: Three of the world’s most
influential food health agencies are pushing for global
rules regulating the feeding of antibiotics to livestock.
Recommendations have been developed by the UN Food
and Agriculture Organization, the Office International
des Épizooties (OIE) and the World Health Organization
following a joint-workshop. The recommendations stem
from mutual concern over anti-microbial resistance developing
in humans who eat the drug laden livestock.
They have suggested the development of risk assessments
for using these veterinary medicines that includes a
“threshold of resistance” concept triggering
controls if such drugs are over-used. They also proposed
that a class of antibiotics be established - “critically-important”
to humans - whose use in animals should be banned outright.