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May 25, 2020 - Daily Mail Online

US farms are using MORE antibiotics despite warnings that overuse will spread superbugs

US farms are using MORE antibiotics despite warnings that overuse will spread superbugs
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The use of antibiotics in animals on US factory farms is increasing despite warnings that the practice risks spreading deadly superbugs. Figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal that the sale of antibiotics to American farms jumped from 5,559 tons in 2017 to 6,036 tons in 2018 – a 9 per cent rise.

Over the same period, antibiotic sales to UK farms dropped by 9 per cent from 248 tons to 226 tons. It comes as experts warn that the routine use of treatments on farms risks returning medicine to the 'Dark Ages', as bacterial resistance turns once-trivial infections into killer illnesses. 

The use of antibiotics in animals on US factory farms is increasing despite warnings that the practice risks spreading deadly superbugs. And it will deepen fears that British supermarkets could be flooded by cheap food from vast US 'mega-farms' – where the mass use of antibiotics is widespread – as Ministers rush to strike a coveted transatlantic free trade deal.

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