The EU singles out the Danish antibiotics effort

According to a new report from the EU Commission, Denmark is a pioneering country when it comes to tackling the problems of resistant bacteria.

In a new report, the EU Commission singles out the initiatives instigated by Danish agriculture and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration to limit the use of antibiotics for pigs. The Commission says that ”several of the initiatives can be used as examples for other member states”.

Since 2009, Danish agriculture has reduced the use of antibiotics in pig production by more than one fifth so that Denmark is at the top compared to the countries with which we normally compare ourselves. It is of course nice to be recognised by the EU for our effort”,says Senior Veterinarian at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Per Henriksen, in a press release.

The scientists agree that the use of antibiotics must be limited as much as possible since a high use can create resistance so that bacteria and for example pneumonia are no longer treatable with normal antibiotics.

The yellow card is commended
The EU Commission singles out several Danish initiatives that have promoted a more sensible and limited use of antibiotics for both animals yielding marketable produce and domestic animals.

An example is the yellow card initiative which entails that the farmers will get a warning if they use too manyantibiotics.In addition, the Danish rules of group treatment is mentioned among other things (antibiotic treatment of many pigs at once)where preventive treatment is not allowed and the action plan for livestock MRSA.

The report emphasises that both Danish and foreign consumers can safely put a couple of slices of Danish bacon in the frying pan knowing that the bacon has been produced with the lowest possible use of antibiotics. The EU Commission's report underlines that Denmark is a country with both a high food safety and a high animal welfare”, saysSenior Veterinarian Per Henriksen.

Facts about the use of antibiotics in Danish pig production:

In the period from 2009 to 2018, the use of antibiotics for pigs has decreased by approx. 28%.

Initiative from the MRSA action plan that was adopted in 2015:

Hygiene measures for all individuals working in pigsties
Supervisory programme for the development of livestock MRSA
Increased research in infection routes for livestock MRSA
International effort – e.g. pressure to promote an antibiotics strategy in the EU

A new model of the yellow card came into force in July 2016:

The new model of the yellow card entails that certain types of antibiotics – e.g. tetracycline – are rated higher in the medicine calculation of the agricultural sector.
New lower threshold values for the use of antibiotics for pigs came into force in July 2016.

Please also read: The Danish agricultural sector has a low use of antibiotics