ESBL enzymes which are resistant against antibiotics are spread from intensive animal farms via the food chain to hospitals. 'We now have concrete evidence', says veterinary researcher Dik Mevius.
Nevertheless, antibiotic use in animal farming should be cut down tremendously to reduce the spread of the resistant ESBL in the food chain, adds Mevius. He has doubts that the objectives set by the Dutch government to cut the use of antibiotics by half are sufficient to stop the spread of ESBL. 'The ESBL bacteria can be found everywhere, including water surfaces.' He calls for drastic hygiene regulations on farms so as to have ESBL-free broiler chicks.