Ask Your MP To Take Action On Misuse Of Antibiotics
Ask your MP to sign an Early Day Motion calling for supermarket action on farm antibiotics
Positive developments in our mission to stop supermarket superbugs as Zac Goldsmith MP has tabled an Early Day Motion. The EDM will ask for urgent action from supermarkets to reduce veterinary antibiotic use in their supply chains due to the recognised risks posed to human health by antibiotic misuse in farming.
We have no time to lose – we urgently need to shift to farming systems which keep animals healthy through good welfare without the use of routine medication.
Together, we can send a clear signal to UK supermarkets, and encourage them to act to save our antibiotics for future generations.
Please ask your MP to sign this EDM in just a few simple steps:
- Use this website to send your local MP a letter
- Below is a letter suggestion you can use
- Submit your letter
Please sign the Early Day Motion 488 (www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/488) tabled by Zac Goldsmith MP, calling on UK supermarkets to take action on farm antibiotics.
You may be aware of the discovery, in September this year, of the presence of E.coli resistant to multiple crucial antibiotics on British supermarket pig and chicken meat.
This research, commissioned by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics and conducted by the University of Cambridge, tested 189 samples of UK-origin pork and chicken meat from the seven largest UK supermarkets. Across pork and chicken from all these retailers, the study found E.coli bacteria resistant to three highly important antibiotics for treating E.coli infections in people.
The findings, along with even more recent discovery of MRSA on UK supermarket pork, provide further evidence that the overuse of antibiotics in intensive farming is fuelling the emergence of resistant bacteria and undermining the treatment of dangerous bacterial infections in humans.
Many important antibiotics are used in far greater quantities in livestock farming than in human medicine. Livestock, particularly pigs and poultry, are often kept in intensive conditions where the risk of disease is high. These animals are often ‘mass-medicated’ via their feed or water, even when no disease has been diagnosed in any of the animals.
With the antibiotic resistance crisis predicted to kill one person every three seconds by 2050, UK supermarkets must share the responsibility for tackling this crisis; by banning the routine preventative mass medication of groups of animals and dramatically curbing farm use of the ‘critically important’ antibiotics in their supply chains. Crucially, supermarkets must set specifications around good animal husbandry – which will help to reduce the need for antibiotics in the first place.
Some UK supermarkets are already taking action on antibiotics. As your constituent, I would like to request that you sign this Early Day Motion (www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/488), which has the potential to send a clear signal to all supermarkets and encourage a wholesale industry shift towards genuinely responsible farm antibiotic use.
To find out more about the overuse of antibiotics in farming, visit the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics website: www.saveourantibiotics.org