Skip to main content
SLU publication database (SLUpub)
Report, 2020

”The Swedish experience” – a summary on the Swedish efforts towards a low and prudent use of antibiotics in animal production

Grundin, Johanna; Blanco Penedo, Isabel; Fall, Nils; Sternberg Lewerin, Susanna


In 1986, Sweden, as the first country in the world banned all use of antibiotics as growth promoters in food animal production. Today Sweden has the third lowest sales of veterinary antimicrobial agents for food producing animals in Europe. In 2018, total sales of antibiotics for animal use in Sweden were 10 042 kg active substance as compared to 53.4 tonnes in 1984 (before the ban). The low use of antibiotics in animals and the comparatively favorable situation in Sweden with regards to antibiotic resistance are the results of decades of inter-sectorial collaboration and work on disease prevention and animal health. This review is a quick summary of the Swedish work towards a low and prudent use of antibiotics, including figures on antibiotic use in Swedish production animals and a discussion about important success factors as well as lessons learned.

Published in

SLU Framtidens djur, natur och hälsas rapportserie
2020, number: 5
ISBN: 978-91-576-9746-2, eISBN: 978-91-576-9745-5
Publisher: SLU Framtidens djur, natur och hälsa