Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Questions 25/06/20
Today, I asked the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans on protecting UK Consumers from US antimicrobial resistant beef.
You can view the video of my question below and find the full text here in Hansard.
Dr Philippa Whitford (Central Ayrshire) (SNP)
Overuse of antibiotics in animal farming has been identified as contributing to bacterial resistance. With American cattle receiving 13 times the amount of antibiotics that UK herds receive, how does the Minister plan to guard against importing resistant bacteria in US beef? 
There has been a global effort to tackle antimicrobial resistance and, in particular, to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture, especially the critically important antibiotics. The UK is a leader in that and has adopted farm husbandry that has made it possible to reduce the use of antibiotics. We have also worked with international partners, including the United States, to assist them to achieve the same.