20 October 1999
Early ban on growth promoter?

THE European Commission is considering an early ban on one of four antibiotics still allowed in animal feed.

This comes amid fears that it could reduce the effects of similar drugs on people.

David Byrne, food safety commissioner, said he was also considering how to implement a recommendation by scientists to phase out the other three.

The Commission has declined to disclose which antibiotic is being considered for banning, but it is believed to be Elanco Animal Healths Avilamycin.

Its threat to the drug follows a European Unions decision last year to ban four of the then eight antibiotics allowed in animal feed to promote growth.

Two of the companies affected – Pfizer and Alphapharma – failed in a legal attempt in July to halt the ban.