Egg industry leaders have adopted a formal position on antimicrobial resistance at their recent Global Leadership Conference in Kyoto, Japan.
The International Egg Commission (IEC) endorsed a statement that says its members support and will promote the responsible use of all antimicrobials to allow for the long-term safe production of eggs, safeguarding the availability of eggs and egg products for the world’s consumers.
The statement says that the IEC:
Its approach will be to make sure all producers are aware of the current knowledge on AMR and be able to access new knowledge as and when it becomes available. The IEC will endeavour to make knowledge on the subject as widely available as possible and stimulate governments and organisations to keep records on the use of antimicrobials. And it said it does not support the use of Highest Priority Critically Important Antimicrobials in animal agriculture.
The UK has been leading the way in recent years in reducing antimicrobials in the poultry and egg sectors. The laying hen sector has eliminated all use of highest priority CIAs in the past 2 years.