Environmental Democratic Party (ÖDP) North Rhine-Westphalia
More and more spare antibiotics in factory farming
Dying for cheap meat!
ÖDP calls for decisive patient protection measures
(Düsseldorf / Münster) – More and more backup antibiotics are being used in mass livestock. The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) reports that colistin and macrolides – two reserve antibiotics that are especially important to humans – are given in large quantities to animals.
The State Bailiff of the Ecological Democratic Party (ÖDP) North Rhine-Westphalia called for a recent change of direction in health and agricultural policy at the last session. "Those who use backup antibiotics in mass livestock are approving the deaths of people!" ÖDP told NRW.
A "backup antibiotic" is a group of antibiotics that still function when pathogens are already resistant to common antibiotics. These "backup antibiotics" represent the last line of defense against life-threatening infections.
The use of these antibiotics in mass-rearing animals creates resistance against these latest rescue antibiotics. Against pathogens that are also resistant to reserve antibiotics, then in the true sense of the word "no plants have grown anymore." Infection with such pathogens often leads to death, especially among old and weak people. Therefore, such pathogens are also called "hospital germs" or "killer germs".
Industrial factory farming breeds such deadly "killers" using backup antibiotics. "It has to stop immediately," ÖDP told NRW. Antibiotic consumption in free range animals is much lower.
Of the five spare antibiotics that can save lives for people living with drug resistance, two were used at animal factories last year. Colistin is now one of the most widely used antibiotics in intensive livestock at 74 tonnes, and macrolides have even been administered in increased quantities at 59 tonnes over the previous year.
Giving is also for the prevention of healthy animals. The use of these reserve antibiotics is an alarming indication that standard antibiotics in factory farming have already lost their effectiveness. Now the food industry is misusing antibiotics that are actually reserved for humans to increase their yield. This means "dying for cheap meat", then ÖDP NRW. "The Federal Minister for Agriculture is acting most responsibly here."
ÖDP requires an immediate ban on the use of reserve antibiotics in veterinary medicine. These effective antibiotics must be reserved for humans. It is urged that a violation of this ban be classified as a crime because it is the death of the people who have been accepted.
In addition, ÖDP NRW requires strict restrictions on the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine. This includes prohibiting the use of antibiotics not expressly approved for veterinary use. The antibiotics needed to save people's lives should not be released for veterinary use.
ÖDP-NRW has included in its national policy program an extensive catalog of measures to prevent this disaster.
Source: Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, 07/25/2019
From the ÖDP NRW State Political Program:
Combating multi-drug resistant microbes
At present, 700,000 people are dying from bacteria-resistant bacteria in the world – 40,000 are estimated in Germany. The fight against multidrug-resistant bacteria must be given absolute priority. Failing that, 100 years after Fleming's discovery of antibiotics, humanity will pave the way for "the age after antibiotics." This would mean that even small infections would be deadly again – with millions of infectious cases worldwide annually.
The resistance of bacteria to multiple drugs and their distribution are essentially derived from four areas:
• Human medicine
• Animal and veterinary farming, especially factory farming
• genetic engineering
• Lack of hospital hygiene
To this end, ÖDP requires the following measures:
• When antibiotics are used in human medicine, any use of antibiotics that do not comply with the test and indications must be avoided. (Antibiotics don't help against the virus!)
• The frequency of antibiotic use is due to the need for an appropriate indication
• Patients should be informed of the mode of action and conditions of antibiotic use
• As a result, unauthorized interruption of antibiotic treatment, which contributes to resistance, and the patient's request for antibiotics, even in the absence of appropriate indications (eg viral infections).
* Antibiotics are primarily used to fight infection in humans. "Spare antibiotics", which can be life-saving when other antibiotics no longer help, are reserved for human use only. The use of "reserve antibiotics" in veterinary medicine leads to thousands of deaths in humans. Unlike human medicine, the veterinarian is at the same time a medical prescriber and antibiotic salesman.
• ban on the use of reserve antibiotics in veterinary medicine; Classification of crime as a crime.
• strict restrictions on the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine; Prohibition on the use of antibiotics not expressly approved for veterinary use. The antibiotics needed to save people's lives should not be put into veterinary use.
• Pharmacy required for all antibiotics – even in veterinary medicine.
• Antibiotics for healthy animals should be banned.
Antibiotic-resistant cells for research purposes are used in genetic engineering as a cell marker. These genes are transmitted to treated plants. Plants can transmit them to bacteria and make them resistant to antibiotics. (Horizontal gene transfer).
• ÖDP rejects genetic engineering!
• The use of marker-resistant antibiotics worldwide should be ostracized.
hygiene in the hospital
According to reputable estimates, 5,000 to 10,000 people die each year in Germany of infections that could have been avoided by adhering to proper hygiene measures. Hygiene measures in clinics and practice are generally seen as a cost factor. Given the suffering and the thousands of times of death, proper hygiene in clinics and offices should not fail due to cost. Some resistant microbes occur in the hospital. however, 10% of all patients already bring it home. The scandal is that no reliable information is collected on this catastrophic situation.
Therefore, the following measures must be taken:
• National mandatory hygiene standards; Hygiene must not stop at national borders
• Mandatory examination in at-risk patients
• Transparency and documentation
• Unique national documentation standards
➢ after pathogen
➢ after the source of the infection
➢ After the door and paths of infection
• Documentation must be accessible to patients and included in the clinic quality report.
• Review documentation through unannounced controls
• Mandatory reporting for all cases of MRE (MRE = multidrug-resistant pathogens)
• Hygiene must become an important task of hospital management and violations must be punished.
• Much more hygiene space in the education and training of all health professionals. (All employees must be trained here, both in clinics and in clinics and nursing homes.)
• Obligatory hygiene instruction for hospital visitors (about 10% of visitors bring with them MRE!)
• Mandatory disinfection standards (hands, shoes) for hospital visitors who have previously had contact with livestock farms.
• Examining the use of copper as an antibacterial "weapon" in the construction of hospitals.
• The wastewater treatment plant is being inspected
• Only spread fertilizers that are not contaminated with MRE
• Strict hygiene standards on entry and exit from animal breeding establishments [Desinfektion von Personen (Hände, Schuhe) und Fahrzeugen (Reifen, Ladeflächen)]
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