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Antibiotic usage falling faster in agriculture than human medicine

9th Mar 2017 / By Alistair Driver

Use of antibiotics is falling more quickly in agriculture than in human medicine, according to Junior Health Minister Nicola Blackwood.

MPs debated progress on the wide-ranging recommendations of the O’Neill report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the House of Commons this week.

Ms Blackwood revealed  total consumption of antibiotics by humans in England fell by 4.3% between 2014 and 2015, while sales of antibiotic for food-producing animals fell by 10% over the same period.

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