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World Consumer Rights Day – March 15

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World Consumer Day is celebrated across the World on 15th March 2016. The Day is an occasion of solidarity among consumers and to promote the basic rights of all consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.

  • Theme for the World Consumer Rights Day 2016 – Antibiotics off the menu.
  • It is a campaign to stopover the sale of meat raised up with the use of antibiotics important to human medicine.

Antibiotics Resistance:

  • Antibiotic resistance is obsessed by excessive use of antibiotics. Over half of the antibiotics manufactured globally are used in agriculture to help faster growth and to prevent diseases rather than treat diseases.World Consumer Rights Day - March 15
  • Antibiotic resistance occurs when an antibiotic has lost its ability to effectively control or kill bacterial growth.
  • The overuse of antibiotics is creating highly resistant bugs. The issue seeking immediate action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic period, in which important medicines stop working and common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.
  • Every year, 2 million people in the US get infections that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die as a result

Antibiotics involved in Agriculture and Meat Production:

  • Around 50% of the world’s antibiotics are used in agriculture. With almost 100,000 restaurants worldwide including McDonald’s, Subway and KFC.
  • The use of antibiotics in agriculture is due to increase by two thirds by 2030, from 63,200 tons in 2010, to 105,600 tons in 2030.
  • Antibiotics However, the same life-saving drugs that are prescribed to treat infections and diseases in humans are also used to fatten the animals that supply the chicken, beef and pork that are consumed every day by humans

Antibiotics:

  • Oneof the greatest medical discoveries of the 20th century when Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin in 1928.
  • Deadly diseases like tuberculosis, typhoid fever and meningitis have been cured by antibiotics.