Antibiotics are used to protect the health and welfare of the animals in our food supply chains. In recent years the conversation around antibiotic-use has become of critical importance, due to the potential risk of resistance to our own human medicines.
The drive to reduce the use of certain treatments for livestock across the industry is continually progressing, with particular focus on limiting the use of the High Priority Critically Important Antibiotics (HP-CIA) and improving on-farm data collection practices. Lidl GB work alongside a multitude of industry partners, including the Red Tractor, the National Farmers Union, the National Pig Association as well as our supply base to ensure the responsible use and continuous reduction of these antibiotics, while ensuring animal welfare remains a priority.
Lidl GB endorses the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) and is committed to their reduction targets, set across the animal agricultural sectors as of October 2017. We are therefore in support of their recommendation to use antibiotics on a basis of ‘as little as possible and as much as necessary’.