This week is the World Antibiotic Awareness Week. We select the 5 best articles on reducing antibiotics in livestock.
Every November, the World Awareness Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to raise global awareness of antibiotic resistance (AMR) and promote best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to prevent the emergence and the proliferation of resistance to antibiotics. This year, the WAAV is between the 12-18 of November.
Since its discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the excessive use and abuse of antibiotics in human and animal health encouraged the onset and spread of AMR. Photo: PXhere
Reduction at global level
Since its discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the excessive use and abuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the onset and spread of AMR, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs they use to treat. Globally, great efforts are made to reduce the preventive and unnecessary use of antimicrobials. In animal farming, the use of natural solutions, such as phytogenic food additives, has become very popular.
Promising solutions for pets
All about Feed He reported on the reduction of antibiotics for many years. Some of the best reading articles are selected here.
The reduction of antibiotics means cultural change
Going to a reduction of antibiotics or the freedom of antibiotics, a cultural change must be applied and, more importantly, this change must be embraced. In addition, he added that this implies that technology and innovation must be implemented. Communication and transparency for consumers is also very important. This was stated by the president of the animal nutrition company Kemin, Chris Nelson. The event gave several experts to the floor to share their opinion on what is necessary to further reduce antibiotics. Read the full article here.
Antimicrobial resistance is not new
In another case, organized by Amlan International, Dr. Margie Lee discussed that the antimicrobial resistance that links the use of antibiotics in animals is not so simple. She emphasized that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is not a new thing, but it occurs in nature for thousands or even millions of years. This is because antimicrobial compounds are part of nature. When the fungi produce mycotoxins for example, the intermediate products released have antimicrobial activity. That's why ancient Chinese medicine reports on the treatment of infections with a fungus grown in soybeans. Where antimicrobials are, bacteria become resistant. Read the full article here.
The next big thing is No Antibiotics Ever
The reduction of antibiotics is one thing, but the big poultry producers in the United States are moving to Non-Antibiotics Ever. This means that all animals, from incubation or birth, to the slaughter are not treated with any antibiotics. This term is really taking off in the United States, explained by Mike Leventini of Perdue Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the US. UU. Perdue has NAE birds since 2017. We have already talked to Mike about this movement and why it was not very difficult according to him. Read the full article here.
The promising effects of plant extracts
Phyto-genetic food additives (PFAs) or plant extracts are mainly used by the feed industry for their antimicrobial effect and digestibility improvement and are often considered as one of the most promising food additives to "replace" antimicrobials. The use of these products seems to be very high in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a survey conducted in veterinarians, nutritionists and scientists. Read the full article here.
Using quorum detection technology
The first reaction to cure an infection is to kill the bacteria that cause it. But there is a growing group of experts who believe that murder is not the right way. The mode of action of antibiotics (antimicrobials) is killing bacteria and the risk of this is that some may survive, be stronger and less susceptible. A new way to attack bad bacteria is to interfere with the communication system between pathogenic bacteria to make them less virulent. This is called quorum detection technology. Read the full article here.