With the International Poultry Council reiterating its commitment to tackling AMR in the poultry meat industry at its second semester meeting in Chicago, BPC have today endorsed IPC’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Principles. Setting out the efforts of our BPC Antibiotic Stewardship in a global context, we celebrate with our international colleagues that we are all share the same values when it comes to the importance of understanding, managing and communicating the use of antimicrobials in global poultry meat production.bpc-ipc-amr-pr
Poultry is over half the meat the UK eats. With British poultry meat businesses rearing a billion birds a year, we are tremendously proud of the infrastructures we have implemented and developed to reduce use of antibiotics. Ongoing collaboration across our industry has helped achieve:
- 79.5% reduction in the total use of antibiotics since 2012.
- Zero Fluoroquinolones used in chicken meat production in 2022.
- 98.7% reduction in use of Critically Important Antibiotics since 2012.
You can read our 2023 report here.
Setting the BPC Antibiotic Stewardship in a global context, we are delighted to play a small part of the global effort on this important subject. There are several challenges we face as an international community, but IPC’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Principles define the positive outcomes that we all want to deliver, setting us on the road to stewardship at the highest level. Levelling the playing field on antibiotics to promote collaboration and transparency as well as responsible use is crucial to the sustainability of the international poultry industry.
There is plenty of work to be done, with every country at different starting points. But that so many of us are on the same page, bought into the importance of understanding the impact of our activities, and wanting to take the next step forward together to mitigate them, warrants our endorsement.