Aquaculture has generally seen more success in antibiotic reduction than other livestock sectors. Scottish Sea Farms have gone further, reaching zero antibiotics in 2020. How did they manage it?
Analysis of raw and cooked shrimp bought from supermarkets in Florida and Georgia has revealed the presence of a range of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) — a finding that could have implications for processing of imported shrimp products.
There is global concern about antibiotic residues in farmed food products — and the potential economic damage of import bans resulting from exceeding regulatory limits is huge.
Aquaculture needs to change its “widespread and unrestricted” use of prophylactic antibiotics and accelerate the move toward vaccination and more sanitary practices globally, according to Felipe C. Cabello, MD, professor emeritus of microbiology and immunology at New York Medical College.