Medicated Feed, Antibiotics and Global Concern

Dr Ian Brown, Chairman of the Advisory Committee
on Animal Feedingstuffs advising the Food Standards
Agency and UK Ministers of State, writes about the
challenges of animal prescriptions. For a physician, scientist
and advocate of a ‘one health’ policy for both humans and
animals, all medicines must be used judiciously. Stringent

regulations apply to the medication of feed, with correct
dosing and mixing to avoid carry-over of a medicated feed
to a batch of non-target feed. This is where the prescription
of a medicine for a group of animals differs significantly
from the more usual prescribing practice in human bacterial