1 March 1996

Avoparcin faces total EU ban

A TOTAL EU ban on the feed additive avoparcin could be agreed next month.

At this weeks European farm council, German ministers demanded that the existing ban in dairy cattle feed should be extended to all livestock.

That ban came after new scientific evidence from Denmark showed it could cause human resistance to the antibiotic vancomycin.

Germany and Denmark have already imposed a total ban on the additive. Commission officials said the EUs scientific veterinary committee research on the product would be available next month. &#42