An antibiotics campaign today took representatives of the National Consumers Association (NCA), to fast food outlets – KFC, Subway and Churches in Castries.
The visits were aimed at highlighting the dangers of using antibiotics in the meat and poultry industries.
This is in keeping with the theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2016: “Antibiotics off the menu.
The day will be observed on March 15, 2016.
Consumers International and its affiliates around the world, including the NCA, want fast food companies to make a global commitment to stop the sale of meat raised with the routine use of antibiotics.
NCA President, Trevor Albert, told the Times that his organization delivered letters to the three fast food outlets visited, requesting information about whether antibiotics are used in their products and what is their policy on the matter.
“We want to sensitize the public and fast food chains to the dangers involved in consuming meat and poultry that have been treated with antibiotics,” Albert explained.
He disclosed that the NCA was expecting responses to its letters of inquiry before the second week in March, 2016.
Former NCA President, Kingsley St Hill, who was part of the delegation told the Times that the organization wanted fast food chains to put a stop to using products containing antibiotics, if they are doing so.
St Hill said the campaign was being undertaken worldwide in the interest of the health of consumers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) , in the face of the growing use of antibiotics globally, has warned that antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world.
WHO asserts that without urgent action, the world is heading for a post-antibiotic era in which important medicines stop working and common infections and minor injuries can once again result in death.
By some estimates, half of all antibiotics produced globally are used in agriculture, mainly to promote faster growth and to prevent, rather than treat disease.