The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China has launched a five-year action plan to dismantle the use of antibiotics in poultry farms.
This is in line with China’s move to stop the growing threat on antimicrobial resistance.
Hong Kong Strategy and Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance will adopt the “One Health” approach and is endorsed by the High Level Steering Committee.
One of the main reasons for the rise of antimicrobial resistance is the improper use of antibiotics. The plan also includes the systematic monitoring of antimicrobial usage in two years.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department can only purchase 20 kinds of antibiotics.
In the future, the government will stop giving out permits for antimicrobial usage in food animals.