Antibiotic resistance is developing and spreading at a rate that cannot be contained by the development of new drugs.
If measures are not taken urgently to reduce global consumption of antibiotics, we could face a return to an era where simple infections can kill.
The widespread practice of routinely dosing farm animals with antibiotics is contributing to this threat.
Around half of the antibiotics produced globally are used in agriculture, with much of this being used to promote faster growth and to prevent, rather than treat, disease
Source: Infographic by Consumers International
In March 2014 Consumers International published recommendations setting out the measures we want to be taken to reduce the use of antibiotics in farming. We believe that global restaurant chains can affect change faster than governments alone by using their purchasing power to hasten the phasing out of the practice of routinely administering farm animals with antibiotics used in human medicine.
Source: Consumers International
Infographic: Consumers International