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Pig industry fears withdrawal of zinc oxide from this summer

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PIG farmers face welfare and production problems if the EU goes ahead with a proposed ban of veterinary medicines containing zinc oxide.

The European Medicines Agency is poised to recommend the medicine's marketing authorisations are withdrawn in June, leaving the UK pig industry without a ready alternative.

It follows a review by its committee that oversees veterinary medicines (CVMP), which last year recommended the withdrawal of zinc oxide from the market following concerns over its environmental impact and link to antibiotic resistance.

Zinc oxide is a mineral powder added to pig feed indicated for postweaning diarrhoea in piglets. It can be toxic to aquatic animals, hence the environmental concern. It also impacts growth and reproduction in plants and animals.

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