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TITLE Antibiotics in food animal production and resistant bacteria in humans   201116E_EN.pdf (211.7 KB)
Title in the original language Antibiotica in de veeteelt en resistente bacteriën bij mensen
 201116.pdf (482.2 KB)
Document ID LIB661
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 31/08/2011
Document reference 978-90-5549-854-3
Original language of the document Dutch
Full text available in EN (211.7 KB) and NL (482.2 KB)
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by Mitra Javanmardi
Health Council of the Netherlands
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Short description  A Committee of the Health Council of the Netherlands published an advisory report to the Ministers of Health, Welfare and Sport and of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation on 31 August this year on the public health risks of antibiotic resistance related to the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry. According to the Committee the biggest problem is posed by the ESBL-producing bacteria. From the perspective of public health and in line with the implemented policy to reduce the use of antibiotics in food animal production, the Committee recommends to reduce the use of antibiotics in general and some classes of antibiotics in particular. Treatments with these antibiotics should be reserved for individual treatments, based on proper diagnostics and following strict professional guidelines. Recommendations are made for the short term and for the longer term.
Short description in the original language  Om het pro­bleem van de toe­ne­men­de re­sis­ten­tie van bacteriën tegen an­ti­bi­o­ti­ca te keren, moeten be­paal­de soorten an­ti­bi­o­ti­ca ge­re­ser­veerd worden voor men­se­lijk gebruik. Deze mid­de­len zouden uit­ge­slo­ten moeten worden van gebruik in de vee­teelt, om over­dracht van re­sis­ten­te bacteriën van dier naar mens tegen te gaan. Dit schrijft de Ge­zond­heids­raad in zijn advies An­ti­bi­o­ti­ca in de vee­teelt en re­sis­ten­te bacteriën bij mensen dat de raad vandaag aan­biedt aan de mi­nis­ter van VWS en de staats­se­cre­ta­ris van EL&I.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Bacteria are becoming increasingly more resistant to antibiotics. As a result, the number of usable drugs is decreasing, while no new drugs are expected in the short term. This complicates the treatment of certain infections in humans. The scope of the problem is so great that the World Health Organisation made ‘antimicrobial resistance’ the theme of its annual World Health Day in 2011.
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