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GRSB Issues Statement on Antimicrobial Stewardship

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), to which the Meat Institute belongs, released a position statement detailing recommendations to help cattle producers and veterinarians maintain herd health and welfare. The GRSB recommends the industry adopt a tiered approach to antimicrobial use that prioritizes effective antimicrobials of the lowest importance in human medicine as the first choice and those of highest importance in human medicine as the last choice, provided doing so does not delay effective treatment or compromise animal health and welfare. The statement also discourages using antimicrobials other than ionophores to improve feed efficiency and calls for establishing a herd health plan and valid veterinary-client-patient-relationship, among other recommendations.

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