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CPF announces global policy on responsible antimicrobial use

Charoen Pokphand Foods, one of the largest global food conglomerates, will place emphasis on disease prevention practices.

Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) has adopted a vision on responsible antimicrobial use in livestock and aquaculture businesses -- a global policy aimed at affirming its status as a leading global producer of safe food. This vision on responsible antimicrobial use will now guide all units in their decision process, according to CPF.

Adirek Sripratak, chairman of the CPF executive committee, said CPF signed the "Global Vision on Antimicrobials Use in Animals," which is binding for all business units in Thailand and elsewhere in the world as part of the company's safe food production process under the "Kitchen of the World" vision.

"Antibiotics use in animals has grasped global attention as it concerns food safety and public health. Realizing the importance, CPF has adopted these responsible use practices to do our part to minimize antimicrobial resistance risks. Our quest to improve the food safety system never stops. We are striving to advance the ‘One Health’ approach to protect the health of our people, animals and the planet. The global antibiotics vision will take effect immediately for implementation globally within 2020," Adirek said.

The global vision on antibiotic use in animals is designed to affirm the sustainable production of safe and quality food. Antimicrobials will be used responsibly, taking into account all factors of proper animal care; they must also be in line with sustainable development practices and consumer satisfaction, the company said.

Importantly, to use antimicrobials reasonably and responsibly, CPF said it is also placing emphasis on disease prevention practices that will minimize the need for antimicrobial use.

CPF has prioritized the antimicrobial policy as follows:

1. Antimicrobials that are medically important for human medicine shall be used only for therapeutic uses under veterinary oversight.

2. The use of shared-class antimicrobials that are medically important for human medicine will be eliminated for growth promotion purposes globally.

3. The company will work with global experts and partner with all stakeholders to identify new and better ways to care for animals to enhance animal welfare and to reduce the need for antimicrobials.

CPF is applying the policy throughout its global food supply chain and collaborating with all parties in appropriately protecting the health of people, animals and the global community under the "One Health" approach.

CPF is one of the world’s leading listed agro-industrial and food conglomerates, operating vertically integrated businesses in 16 countries and exporting products from Thailand to more than 30 countries covering more than 4 billion people globally. CPF operates in both the livestock (swine, broilers, layers and ducks) and aquaculture (shrimp and fish) businesses. The vertically integrated businesses incorporate animal feed manufacturing, animal breeding and animal farming; meat processing; manufacturing semi-cooked and fully cooked meat, food products and ready meal products, as well as meat and food retail and restaurant businesses.

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