MAF public health principal adviser Donald Campbell says the survey indicates that our farming community is using antibiotics responsibly in compliance with veterinarian advice, and the little resistance found has no direct implications for human health.
"Although the survey detected some resistance to certain antimicrobials from particular bacteria found in the targeted foods, it is pleasing to see that the resistance has no direct implications for human health," he says.
As part of the management of antibiotic resistance, registrants of restricted veterinary medicines containing antibiotics must provide an annual report of sales by month to MAF. Along with the antimicrobial resistance survey, MAF today released an overview of antibiotic sales and use from 2004 - 2009. This report shows that total antibiotic sales decreased from a peak of 62,883 kg in 2005/6 to 53,031 kg in 2007/8. Sales increased by 5 percent between 2007/8 and 2008/9.