The British Poultry Council has released a report on the antibiotics use. It says that a reduction of 39.36% was found in 2017. A huge drop was recorded after it was found out that prolonged antibiotics use could increase immunity.
John Reed, BPC chairman, said: “Poultry is half of the meat eaten in the UK and we use less than 9.7% of the total antibiotics licensed for food-producing animals. We have successfully reduced our antibiotic use by 82% in the last six years and have stopped all preventative treatments as well as the use of colistin. The highest priority antibiotics that are critically important for humans are used only as a ‘last resort’.”
United Kingdom has been one of the pioneers in reduction of antibiotics use in poultry meat.