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Antimicrobial Resistance
Calls to restrict veterinary use of antimicrobials

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MORE must be done to control the use of antimicrobials in the veterinary sector, according to an influential committee of MEPs.

MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee last week adopted, by 62 votes to 0, a resolution on antimicrobial resistance which, among other things, ‘stresses that more efforts are needed to control the use of antimicrobials in the veterinary sector’ and ‘strongly disapproves of the uncontrolled prophylactic use of antimicrobials in animal husbandry’. It also calls on the European Commission to come up with a legislative proposal for the veterinary sector to limit the use of third- and fourth-generation antimicrobials that are critically important in human medicine. The resolution, which is not binding on the Commission, will be considered in plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg …

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