Antibiotic resistance – EC consultation

1 stycznia 2023

Sustainable food system vs. antibiotic resistance – The European Commission until January 3 rd (24:00 Warsaw Time), is holding a public consultation on „combating antimicrobial resistance – banning certain antimicrobials in animals/animal products imported into the EU.”

Antibiotic resistance is a threat to public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) alerts that 1.27 million people died from resistance to antimicrobial products in 2019 alone. Scientists estimates that antibiotic resistance could contribute to the deaths of 10 million people by 2050. Poland alone ranks 4th in the European Union in terms of the amount of antibiotics administered to farmed animals. In 2018, almost 800 tons of antibiotics were given to them, and this amount is increasing with each passing year. A good example is the situation in October 2021, when antibiotic standards exceeded 60 times in Polish meat exported to the Czech Republic were discovered. A report by the Supreme Audit Office on inspections of the food safety system also spoke of the threat caused by animal production to the health of consumers. The intensification of animal „production” is causing farmed animals to receive more and more drugs, and consumer persons are exposed to serious health consequences that food labels do not inform them about.

We encourage you – write and send your opinion! You can find ours here. Let 2023 be the year of advocacy for food system transformation.

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