Sunday 23 October 2016

Meat may be the cause of med fails

Published 15/12/2015 | 02:30

Vets need to be careful on use of antibiotics.
Vets need to be careful on use of antibiotics.

The meat we eat may be contributing to the problem of more antibiotics failing to combat infections.

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Vets need to be mindful not to overuse these drugs in treating infection in farm animals and birds, said a report from the Food Safety Authority.

It is important to give the right dosage at the right time and for the correct duration.

The watchdog's chief executive, Pamela Byrne, said safeguards against transfer of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria through the food chain, must be stepped up.

This is an issue that needs to be addressed urgently as part of a cross-sector approach, otherwise levels of resistance will continue to rise and it will become increasingly difficult and expensive to control and treat infections in medical care, she added.

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