EU Plans To Adopt Stricter Antibiotic Rules
The European Parliament has taken plans to limit the use of antibiotics on farms to keep food from resistant bacteria.
The agreement reached with the EU Minister was approved by 583 votes to 16 and 20 abstentions.
No group therapy
The new law will limit the use of antibacterials as a preventive measure to give individual animals, not groups, in clinical symptoms without infection (known as preventive use). Veterinarians can fully demonstrate the use of these drugs only if the risk of infection is high. Allergic use (ie, treating a group of animals when a person shows signs of infection) should be the last resort and only occurs when the veterinarian diagnoses the infection and prescribes antibiotics. To help solve the problem of antimicrobial resistance, the law will authorize the European Commission to choose antibacterial drugs that are only used to treat humans.
In another vote, the European Parliament also approved a new rule on a more responsible way to produce, sell and use medicated feeds to address the spread of antimicrobial resistance with 583 votes in favor, 31 votes against, and 6 abstentions. .
The agreement still needs to be formally passed before the board is announced.