Brazil reduces antibiotics inside and outside pig farms

Source: Daniel Azevedo, Pig Progress, photo credit: Culture Trip

Many countries around the globe are implementing a policy towards reducing the use of antibiotics. Especially when larger countries manage to curb use substantially, it makes a big difference. Where is Brazil in this process?

The use of antibiotic growth promoters in Brazil’s pig sector has led to an increase in regulations and awareness programmes, especially in the last two decades. Yet there is still a long way to go to achieve total prohibition and zero application of these practices among farmers.

The topic is complex because, for many years, the continuous use of antibiotics had been one of the main tools to prevent diseases and enhance performance, and a large portion of swine producers would need to change their entire business model if antibiotics were to be phased out.
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The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.