Antibiotics – policy, goals and results
Lerøy Seafood Group avoids unnecessary use of all antibiotics, including MIAs, CIAs and HPCIAs and veterinary antibiotics, in production of all fish for consumption. We aim to achieve this goal via organization-wide measures involving disease management, including preventive operational practice, 100 % vaccination, early diagnosis and appropriate measures to handle outbreaks.
Antibiotics are seen as the last resort, only applied in situations where use has been assessed by veterinarians as necessary to handle a confirmed disease-related situation. The Group´s policy on use of antibiotics is compliant with WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines on use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in food producing animals and the WHO list of Critically Important Antimicrobials for Human Medicine.
The Group has specifications for special brands telling that there is not used any kind of antibiotics during the production time. These brands are certified by a 3rd party.
MAIN GOAL: 0 use of antibiotics
Use of antibiotics for salmon and trout farming was 0 (zero) in 2021.
Risk assessment and measures are in place to prevent any risk of employees developing antibiotic resistance.
Policy: Use of medication
KPI: Use of medication
The use of antibiotics is close to zero in the Norwegian fish farming industry. Lerøy Seafood Group applies a very restrictive policy when it comes to use of antibiotics, and use is only on exception and to safeguard fish health.