Currently, more pigs are at risk of being subject to stricter supervision by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.
The Danish “Yellow Card Scheme” for antibiotics for pigs raised on commercial farms has been updated, and now more pigs risk being subject to stricter supervision by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.
Since 2015, due to an administrative error, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has not assessed whether there should be further sanctions for those pig producers who have not been able to sufficiently reduce the use of antibiotics after receiving a yellow card. A preliminary review by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration shows that from 2016 to August 2020 inclusive, there are no more than 29 such pig herds. Cases for 2015 have not yet been considered.
“It is a serious mistake that the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has not tightened the screws on pig producers who, despite orders and instructions, do not follow the rules of the game – there can be no two opinions on this,” said Minister Jensen.
If the farmer fails to reduce the consumption of antibiotics after the yellow card is issued, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration may order stricter supervision to put an end to the high use of antibiotics.
As a last resort, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration may issue a red card to a farmer and thus require the farmer to have fewer pigs in the stalls. This usually affects the farmer’s earnings. Previously, the possibility of imposing these sanctions was not considered. The 10-year yellow card scheme has helped reduce antibiotic consumption in pig farming by just over 30%.
“The yellow card scheme as a whole has been a great success and has provided the government with some effective management tools. But I also expect that stricter requirements and measures will be used in the few cases where farmers do not follow the rules, “added Mogens Jensen.