Sunday 28 October 2012
MEPs warn over antimicrobials
MEPs on the European Parliament's agriculture committee have called for more responsible use of antibiotics in treating farm animals, pointing to a growing global threat of antimicrobial resistance.
Voting through an opinion drafted by Martin Häusling (Greens, Denmark) – which will feed into a wider European Parliament resolution – the agriculture committee said member countries must keep antibiotic use to a minimum and monitor its use on farms.
Data covering antibiotic use should be made public and be monitored by the Commission, MEPs said. They have urged the European Commission to draw up a roadmap of action to be taken.
The committee also called on member countries to promote better practices. Antibiotics must not be a substitute for good animal husbandry or appropriate biosecurity measures, it said.
MEPs on the European Parliament's environment committee – which is the lead on this issue – are set to adopt the report on November 6.
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