Responsible use of antimicrobial agents

The use of antibiotics for animals should always be based on the diagnosis of the causative microbe and its sensitivity to antimicrobial agents. Read more about the responsible use of antimicrobial agents for animals in Finland (Finnish Food Authority)

In Finland Recommendations for the use of antimicrobials in the treatment of the most significant infectious and contagious diseases in animals are given by the Finnish Food Authority (updated 2016).

Use of antibiotics for poultry in Finland

The National Working Group for Meat Poultry Health Care (ETU) has since 2007 collected data about antimicrobial use for meat poultry in Finland through a yearly questionnaire aimed to the companies breeding and rearing nearly 100 % of the broilers and turkeys in Finland.

The main reasons for the need of antimicrobial medications were Tenosynovitis (S. aureus) of the broiler GP and P flocks and Necrotic Enteritis of the meat turkeys. Penicillin and amoxicillin have been the most used antibiotics. No fluoroquinolones or third generation cephalosporins have ever been used in the poultry meat production in Finland.

Use of antibiotics in broiler production in Finland 2007-2019

Use of antibiotics in turkey production in Finland 2007-2019


Antimicrobial Use in Meat Poultry Production in Finland 2007-2012, Poster WVPAC 2013

See more about Consumption of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in Finland (Natural Resources Institute Finland)