The outcomes of this research have supported policy makers to formulate opinions as to the safe use of antibiotics in food producing animals and have been used extensively by the FDA in their decision to ban the fluoroquinolone antibiotics enrofloxacin and sarafloxacin use in food producing animals in the USA in September 2005. This has impacted substantially on the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals and the presence of antibiotic resistant strains in the food chain since this date.
In the UK, the Veterinary Medicines Directive (VMD) increased awareness of the impact of the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics in animals, and this has led to a reduction of the amount used by veterinarians. The European Medicines Agency is again reviewing the EU policy on antibiotics used veterinary medicine on a case by case basis and the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics in animals reared for food production has once again come under close scrutiny.
Professor Laura Piddock has also used her international profile in the field of antimicrobial resistance to launch the ‘Antibiotic Action’ campaign – a global initiative designed to inform and educate all about the need for discovery, research and development of new antibiotics as well as appropriate use.