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Shoppers should choose organic or high-welfare meat to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bugs, England’s chief medical officer has urged.

Dame Sally Davies has warned that if antibiotics stop working, society faces an “apocalyptic” scenario in which treatments including chemotherapy and hip replacements become impossible and common infections kill.

She has called on consumers to use their buying power to pressure the food industry into reducing antibiotic use. That includes choosing organic meat and poultry or produce labelled with the “Red Tractor” and Scottish or Scandinavian fish that have been vaccinated, rather than reared using antibiotics.

“Like many people I am eating less meat,” she said. “And yes, I do look to try to make sure it is at least Red Tractor. 

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Credit: The Times

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