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Antimicrobial Resistance
Call to phase out prophylactic use of antimicrobials in livestock

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THE European Parliament has called on the European Commission ‘to make legislative proposals to phase out the prophylactic use of antibiotics in livestock farming’.

In a resolution adopted by a show of hands on October 27, MEPs called for more to be done to combat resistance to antimicrobial agents used in human medicines, saying that antimicrobials should be used prudently in both people and animals, ‘ensuring that they are only used when effectively needed for actual treatment of disease, with the correct dosage, dose intervals and duration’. They also highlighted the importance of monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and the need for research into, and the development of, new antimicrobial agents and alternatives.

The resolution, which makes ‘non-binding’ recommendations to the European Commission and member states, ‘calls on the Commission to propose without a delay a legislative framework for action against antimicrobial resistance, by promoting “responsible use” initiatives and supporting dissemination of, and information about, such initiatives’.

Among other things, the resolution recognises that the ‘ultimate objective’ is to maintain antimicrobials as …

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