Posted December 03, 2019 03:12:47The US government has warned Australians that it plans to force them to eat their meat, as a “national emergency” looms.
The Government is also planning to put up posters telling people to cut down on meat, a move that could have serious consequences for Australians who do eat their own meat.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said it has been forced to issue the national emergency on meat due to the rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs.
In a statement on Thursday, the CDC said it would put up signs and warn people about the potential for antibiotic resistance.
The announcement comes amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has spread across the US.
More than 40 people have died and more than 1,300 have been infected in the US in the past 24 hours, according to the US Centers of Disease Control.
It is also a time of heightened public awareness about the spread of the coronivirus.
The pandemic has seen the rise in antibiotic resistance, with some antibiotics now resistant to other antibiotics, including vancomycin, a previously used in the fight against salmonella.
Dr Mark Crouch, a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, said he thought it was a good idea for governments to step in to help.
“The US is in a very bad spot in terms of the spread, but I think they are very aware of the problems in Australia, particularly as we’re facing an outbreak here, and I think the CDC are also,” he said.
“And so, they are really looking at what they can do to help and the more they do that, the better off the US is going to be.”
He said the government could set up specialised clinics in hospitals and clinics to provide advice to people about how to reduce their exposure to antibiotics.
“We know that when you have an antibiotic-resistant infection, there’s a lot of antibiotics that can cause side effects, but it’s also very important that you’re aware of your options,” Dr Crouch said.
But the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said there was no need to go to that extreme.
“Antibiotic resistance is a real problem and there is no need for emergency measures in the United States,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“While there is concern about the possibility of resistance arising, it is important to remember that we do not have a pandemic in the States, and this does not imply the need to quarantine the US.”
The US has already banned antibiotics from US food.
It is not yet clear if the US has a similar ban on Australian food.
The new announcement comes ahead of the centenary of the first US quarantine in 1874.