The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association released an updated report on antibiotic use in poultry production. The report highlights the industry's enhanced antibiotic stewardship and dedication to disease prevention. It emphasizes the responsible use of medically important antibiotics for human health, while maintaining poultry health.
The 10-year data (2013-2022) for broiler chickens and turkeys and the seven-year data (2016-2022) for layers were collected. It's noted that differences among these poultry types make direct comparisons inappropriate.
Key changes in antibiotic use were observed:
- Broiler chickens: significant reductions in hatchery antibiotic use and in-feed antibiotic use. Water-soluble antibiotic use fluctuated due to disease incidence.
- Turkeys: decreases in hatchery antibiotic use, in-feed antibiotic use and varied water-soluble antibiotic use attributed to disease variations.
- Layer chickens: minimal antibiotic use due to stringent withdrawal periods for egg production. Gentamicin was administered at hatcheries, and chlortetracycline (CTC) was used sparingly for disease treatment.
The association plans to continue data collection annually to aid antibiotic stewardship efforts and document flock illness burden and reasons for antibiotic use. This ongoing project receives funding from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and had support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
For further details, the study can be accessed at Mindwalk Consulting Group's website, along with an updated infographic report.