Ms Saree Ongsomwang, secretary-general of the Foundation for Consumers, said Friday that the campaign under the slogan “Antibiotics Off the Menu” was to mark the International Consumers’ Rights Day on March 15.
She said that the theme of the campaign in Thailand this year is to convince five major fast food producers to stop or to reduce meat from livestock fed with antibiotics in their menu.
Quoting the Federation of the International Consumers Organizations, Ms Saree disclosed only some fast food producers agreed to use less antibiotics-laced meat in their menu but there are many other companies which are reluctant to make the commitment to reduce or ban antibiotics.
Meanwhile, Assistant Professor Dr Niyada Kiatyingangsulee, director of Drug System Monitoring and Development Centre, said that antibiotics resistance diseases which have become a serious health threat stemmed from overuse of the drugs in livestock raising.
In Thailand, she disclosed that over 10 billion baht worth of antibiotics were used each year and this has led to drug-resistant bacteria. Over 38,000 people die each year or 100 fatalities per day from drug-resistant diseases which is higher than international standard.
Last week, the network of independent consumers protection organizations submitted an open letter to five major fast food producers namely McDonald, Subway, KFC, Chester Grill and Sizzler asking them to reduce the use of meat from livestock fed with antibiotics and to check the sources of their meat.