Barnaby Joyce's answers to Senator Rhiannon's questions concerning responsible antibiotic use in exported Australian animals are now back (see summary). Upshot is, that so long as antimicrobial resistance occurs outside Australia, then it is no problem.
Is Mr Joyce's understanding of the potential role of food-producing animals in antimicrobial resistance really so very limited? Well just in case it is... veterinarians have had training in microbiology. So VALE can assure Mr Joyce, that antimicrobial resistance is a worldwide problem. And what affects one country can so easily affect the next. It isnt something that can be controlled by Australia's border security....well not unless "stop the boats" becomes "stop the planes"....
Hmm perhaps Australia's politicians should be placed in quarantine for a month or so...with regular stool sampling....after their overseas jaunts.
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