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Yesterday, the British Poultry Council released its Antibiotic Stewardship Report highlighting major achievements for excellence in bird health and welfare that is delivering responsible use of antibiotics. The British Poultry Council set up its Antibiotic Stewardship scheme in 2011 with the UK poultry meat sector. As the first volunteers to develop a strategy for the responsible use of antibiotics, results of nearly 75% reduction in total antibiotic in the last decade raises hopes for other sectors to follow suit. 21 tonnes of antibiotics were used in 2020 compared to 94 tonnes in 2013. 

The 2021 Antibiotic Stewardship Report reports
- 95.5% reduction in the use of critically important antibiotics
- 97.2% decrease in the use of fluroquinolones 

The sector is currently under the government approved Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) species-specific sector targets. RUMA was established in 1997 to promote the highest standard of food safety, animal health and welfare in British livestock industry.   

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