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Antibiotics to Be Prohibited in Livestock and Aquatic Farming from 2018

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said antibiotics use will be completely prohibited in livestock and aquatic farming from 2018 to 2020.

This information was released by the Launching Meeting on for the National Action Plan for the Reduction of Antimicrobial Use and Management held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hanoi on August 2. The meeting was organised to prevent antimicrobial residues in livestock farming and aquaculture. This was supported by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Antibiotics abuse in livestock farming and aquaculture has lasted for many years and reached an alarming alert as antibiotic residues are becoming more and more widespread. This is a gravely dangerous threat to human health when antibiotic-resistant bacteria are found after consuming contaminated foods.
After inspections, regulators also find antimicrobial substances in livestock and fish feeds and foodstuffs.

To ban antibiotic use in animal husbandry from 2018 and complete the programme in 2020, Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam said that he will have to adjust many legal documents and enforcement guidelines like Law on Livestock Husbandry, Law on Fisheries and Law on Food Safety.

According to this roadmap, Vietnam will stop using antibiotics in food production (animal husbandry and aquaculture) from 2018 and only allow using in breeding and will completely stop the use of antibiotics in livestock and fisheries from 2020.

National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Control announced by Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam includes five objectives:

The first is reviewing and enforcing regulations and policies on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use in livestock and fisheries. The second is raising the awareness of antibiotics use and risk of birth defects. The third is implementing medical examination, treatment and production of animal and fish feeds. The fourth is monitoring the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues and antibiotic resistance in livestock farming and aquaculture. The last is facilitating cross-sector cooperation on antibiotic resistance management.

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