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Antimicrobial resistance
Fight against antibiotic resistance ‘must start on farms’

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A FRENCH MEP has declared that ‘the fight against antibiotic resistance must start on farms’ following a vote in the European Parliament which saw MEPs back proposals to ban the collective and preventive use of antibiotics in animals. They also supported the introduction of restrictions on the use of existing antimicrobials and supported measures designed to stimulate research into new medicines.

Françoise Grossetête's comments came after a plenary session in Strasbourg on March 10, during which MEPs voted on draft plans to update European legislation on veterinary medicines. The original proposals put forward by the European Commission were amended by the European Parliament's Environment and Public Health Committee last month (VR, February 27, 2016, vol 178, pp 198, 201-202).

Mme Grossetête, who was rapporteur for the draft legislation in the European Parliament, said that, with the World Health Organization warning of a postantibiotic era, ‘it is high time we took energetic measures and grasped the problem at its roots’.

‘The fight against antibiotic resistance must start on farms,’ she said. ‘We wish to prohibit the purely …

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