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November 2021

Welcome to our Autumn newsletter

Last week we launched our petition to supermarkets, our new campaign video, and our latest supermarket report, Resistance and Responsibilityto mark the start of World Antibiotics Awareness Week (#WAAW21) 18 - 24 November.
Sign our petition to UK supermarkets
We're asking Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose to ensure responsible antibiotic use in the production of all meat, egg and dairy products sold in their stores. You can take action by signing and sharing our petition. Over 13.5k people have already signed.
Our Resistance & Responsibility report into antibiotic use in supermarket supply chains found that, despite some improvements in supermarket antibiotic policies, most imports and branded products are not covered by the supermarket’s own rules for responsible antibiotic use.

This means that there is no reliable way for shoppers to avoid buying food produced with irresponsible antibiotic use. Sign our petition and add your voice to the call to supermarkets to cut antibiotics misuse from their supply chains. You can read the exec summary and our full report on our website

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (#WAAW21) is celebrated from 18-24 November every year. The 2021 theme, Spread Awareness, Stop Resistancecalls on One Health stakeholders, policymakers, health care providers, and the general public to be Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness champions. There already has been lots of AMR awareness raising across news and social media channels, which has been great to see. If you're launching new reports or campaigns to do with AMR this week, good luck!

Suzi Shingler
Campaign Manager | Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics
Interview with the experts - William Gaze
In our latest interview we hear from William Gaze, Professor of Microbiology, University of Exeter Medical School who gave his views on AMU in livestock  and global trade. Follow the links for more information on Will’s antimicrobial resistance research at the University of Exeter, read the EFSA report Will co-authored, and follow @WillHGaze on Twitter.
Feedback Joins the Alliance!
We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Feedback which has recently joined the Alliance. Feedback is an environmental campaign group working to regenerate nature by transforming our food system.  Find them on Twitter @feedbackorg.

In case you missed it – news from elsewhere
  • Health Care Without Harm is gathering signatures from healthcare professionals across Europe in an effort to safeguard Colistin for human use in Europe - watch the video to find out more and sign and share the petition.
  • The UK-VARSS 2020 Report released earlier this month shows reductions of UK sales of veterinary antibiotics have stalled as the sale of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK has decreased by just 1% since 2019. 
  • Farm to Fork strategy was adopted by the EU as the EU Parliament voted to include a target to cut farm antibiotic use by 50% between 2018 and 2030. The Parliament's vote is not legally binding but it's still a step in the right direction.
  • UN Environment Programme report on government agricultural subsidies, released in September, found that 87% of subsidies are harmful to human health and the environment, encouraging the overuse of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and antimicrobials. The report shares ideas for repurposing farming support.
  • The Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance released a joint statement in August calling for all countries to reduce the use of antibiotics in farm animals, which ASOA and others critisised for lacking reduction targets and failing to call for the immediate end of ABU for growth promotion.
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The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics is an alliance of health, medical, civil society and animal welfare groups campaigning to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal farming. It was founded by Compassion in World Farming, the Soil Association and Sustain in 2009. The Alliance is completely free to join. Our vision is a world in which human and animal health and well-being are protected by food and farming systems that do not rely on routine antibiotic use. 
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