On Wednesday Minister of Agriculture and Food Jon Georg Dale presented an action plan for how the food and agricultural sector is to protect itself against dangerous antibiotic resistance.
The Government has adopted a national strategy against antibiotic resistance, and now the Ministry of Agriculture and Food have done the same for its sector.
– This is one of the biggest health challenges we face today, says Dale.
Among the measures included in the plan are extensive measures to prevent resistant bacteria from accumulating in Norwegian pigsties. A regulatory requirement for susceptibility testing of animal technicians and others who have contact with pigs is also to be in place.
The supervision of veterinarians prescribing antibiotics for production and pets are also to be sharpened. And the same goes for monitoring, knowledge development and sales requirements.
The use of the antibacterial agent narasin as a feed additive for poultry is to be phased out, as long as this does not mean that the use of antibiotics increases. Combating resistance to antibiotics in poultry is also to be continued.
Bacteria may develop resistance when exposed to antibiotics. This means that they become resistant to the effects of antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance has in recent years gained a reputation as one of the greatest health challenges of our time. In Europe an estimated 25,000 people die annually as a result of antibiotic resistance.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today