The Chinese government is phasing out antibiotics used for animal farming by 2020

Signal of change / The Chinese government is phasing out antibiotics used for animal farming by 2020

By Madhumitha Ardhanari / 24 Nov 2017

The Chinese government is planning to phase out antibiotics used for animal farming by 2020!

Use of antibiotics in poultry and livestock to be reduced - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

Irregularities in the use of antibiotics in poultry and livestock in China will be strictly monitored to reduce drug resistance, according to a national plan released by the Ministry of Agriculture on Friday.



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What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

The only bit missed, which is significant, is a national awareness raising campaign to educate rural farmers about the correct use of veterinary medicine and the dangers of antibiotic abuse. I’ve seen these sort of campaigns before and they really go to town with red banners and billboards everywhere, so the message tends to be quite effective and sink in. The scope in this case is limited to only 100 counties over the course of a year, but it’s a start!

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