Regulatory framework for control of antibiotics in Australia in relation to meat, dairy and water

The prevalence of antibiotic use in humans and animals has prompted questions about antibiotic residues in waste and food supply streams. Food products that have been contaminated with antibiotic residues could present public health concerns by increasing general antibiotic resistance. This article outlines the relevant regulatory frameworks that exist in Australia for the administration, monitoring and thresholds for antibiotics and antibiotic residues in meat products, dairy products and drinking water.