Dutch Aim to Cut Antibiotic Use by Half

by 5m Editor
7 December 2010, at 9:49am

NETHERLANDS - The Dutch industry intends to put new measures in place that will help it meet a target of cutting antibiotic use in meat production by a half, according to a report by VION, the Dutch meat giant.

BPEX says that a report from the Livestock Antibiotic Resistance Steering Group was presented to State Secretary Henk Bleker of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation last week that describes how to reduce antibiotic use by 20 per cent from 2009 to 2011. By 2013, usage would be cut by 50 per cent.

In April this year, the previous Minister of Agriculture, Gerda Verburg, asked the steering committee chaired by Senator Jos Werner (CDA) to submit proposals on addressing the issue of antibiotic resistance in humans as a result of the widespread use of antibiotics in meat production.