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The Yellow Card Initiative on Antibiotics


From 2001-2009 the antibiotic consumption in animal production was increasing, resulting in a 45 % rise from 2001 to 2009 (Danmap). More than 80 % of the antibiotics prescribed were used in the pig sector.

It is well established that rising antibiotic consumption leads to increased antimicrobial resistance against the antibiotics to which the bacteria have been exposed. Increased antimicrobial resistance poses risks to human and animal health because of the potential risk of treatment failures when bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics to which the bacteria are resistant.

In order to reverse the trend of the constantly increasing antibiotic consumption in the pig production and the risk posed by increasing antimicrobial resistance, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) established the yellow card initiative in 2010.

The initiative operates on tree levels, yellow card, increased supervision, and red card.

For a more detailed description of the yellow card initiative, see under read more. 

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Last Modified 18. May 2017