The Danish pig industry is being held up as an example to animal producers by the World Health Organisation.

The WHO is recommending producers phase out the use of antibiotic growth promoters in animal feeds after studying the systems used by the Danes.

The WHO said since Denmark introduced a voluntary ban, AGP use has fallen 50%. Evidence suggests AGPs contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance in humans.

John Howard, marketing director with the Danish Bacon and Meat Council, said: “There has been commitment from all sides in ensuring use of antibiotics is kept to an absolute minimum.”