What's New ? - 2021

What's New ? - 2021

Indian report: Conserving the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals

19 August, 2021

This report analyses the global guidance of the Tripartite organizations (WHO, FAO, OIE) with regard to critically important antimicrobials. In addition, it presents the on-the-ground situation in India, which also partly reflects the impact of global guidance. There is significant overlap in antimicrobials considered critical for humans and food producing animals. For example, 47 of the antimicrobials listed by the OIE as being important for veterinary medicine are also on the WHO's list of critically important antibiotics for human medicine. The report also points out a lack of coherence among the organizations on how antibiotics should be used in food-producing animals. Although there is uniform agreement that critically important antibiotics for human medicine should not be used for growth promotion in livestock, there is less agreement on whether they should be used for disease prevention and control in herds and flocks, or whether critically important antibiotics should be used to treat sick animals.
Considering the gaps (and possibilities) in the global guidance, the authors it is recommend that the WHO-FAO-OIE Tripartite should consider developing a uniform and strong guidance for countries on the use of critically important antimicrobials across all food animal sectors.