The World Health Organization says livestock producers worldwide should take a lesson from Danish pork producers and reduce the use of subtherapeutic antibiotics on their animals to help curb the growth of drug-resistant bacteria in humans.

The WHO says a panel of experts have studied the Denmark situation where the government in 1998 imposed a voluntary ban on the use of the subtherapeutic antibiotics.

WHO claims an overuse of drugs for purposes other than treating animal disease is partly behind a rise in the number of resistant bacteria found in livestock. The agency fears such bacteria can be transmitted to humans who eat affected meat.

While the WHO is targeting livestock producers, the group admits that most resistant bacteria growth among humans is due to overuse of antibiotics by doctors, farmers. But, in a 58-page report, WHO says the Danish ban is effective in reducing the spread among food animals.

You can access the WHO report at: http://www.who.int/salmsurv/links/gssamrgrowthreportstory/en/

Reuters