Reports and briefings on antibiotics

Press releases

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You can support our crucial work on antibiotics by becoming a member of the Soil Association or by making a donation.

 

Antibiotics


Our campaign

Antibiotic resistance in farm animals is a growing problem, with far-reaching implications for human health. The Soil Association has been working on this issue for many years:

  • 1985: First organic standards restricting the use of antibiotics
  • 1995–2005: Campaign, including two reports, lobbying and press releases, leading to the banning of all antibiotic growth promoters thoughout the EU 2001–2004: Published reports exposing high residue levels of toxic drugs in chicken and eggs. Two of three drugs highlighted now banned by EU, a third under voluntary restriction by UK egg producers
  • 2003: Exposed the illegal use of the antibiotic avilamycin in broiler-chicken production
  • 2004: Exposed the pig industry's continuing use of antibiotics for growth promotion
  • 2006: Exposed the farm-antibiotic link to ESBL E.coli
  • 2007: Published a report on MRSA in farm animals and meat
  • 2011: Joined with Compassion in World Farming and Sustain to form the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics
  • 2012: Called for a ban of fluoroquinolone antibiotics in poultry production

You can support this crucial work on antibiotics by becoming a member of the Soil Association or by making a donation.