Användningen av antibiotika på rekordlåga nivåer i Danmark
The use of antibiotics in Denmark at record-low level
New figures from VetStat show that the use of antibiotics in Danish pig breeding fell by 4.1 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015. This means that the use has been reduced by 9.1 per cent since 2014. Since 2009, it has fallen by a total of 25 per cent. Thereby, Denmark is consolidating its position as one of the countries in the EU with the lowest use of antibiotics in relation to pig breeding.
In 2015, the Danish government composed an action plan for reducing the use of antibiotics. The target is to reduce the use by 15 per cent in the period from 2015 to 2018.
The Danish Agriculture & Food Council, SEGES, takes an optimistic view on this target:
”We have reduced the use of antibiotics for pigs by 9.1 per cent in the period from 2014 to 2016 which means that we have come a long way towards the target. It is our common responsibility to reach a reduction of 15 per cent in the period from 2015 to 2018 and ensure that only the most necessary antibiotics are used”, says Sectoral Manager Christian Fink Hansen. It should also be mentioned that the use of antibiotics for pigs has fallen in a period where we have been breeding more piglets in Denmark.
Denmark is one of the countries with the lowest use of antibiotics in pig breeding
Denmark has been commended by the EU Commission for the result of the Danish antibiotics effort.
In the latest ESVAC analysis (European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption) from 2016, the average in the EU was 147 mg of antibiotics per kg meat. The use of antibiotics in Denmark in livestock was 44.9 mg/kg.
Comparison of the use of antibiotics, production methods, animal welfare etc. in pig production in 9 EU countries by means of our benchmark.