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Get rid of feed antibiotics, say EU scientists

02 June 1999
Get rid of feed antibiotics, say EU scientists

ALL remaining antibiotics used as growth promoters in animal feed should be phased out as soon as possible, according to the Brussels-based scientific steering committee …more…


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Get rid of feed antibiotics, say EU scientists

02 June 1999
Get rid of feed antibiotics, say EU scientists

By Philip Clarke, Europe Editor

ALL remaining antibiotics used as growth promoters in animal feed should be phased out as soon as possible, according to the Brussels-based scientific steering committee.

The scientists believe their use in intensive livestock production contributes towards the growing problem of human resistance to antibiotics.

Even though no direct causal link has been established, the committee recommends an immediate reduction in the “inappropriate” use of antibiotics.

Currently there are just four products left in free circulation – avilamycin, bambermycin, monensin sodium and salinamycin.

But parallel changes in animal husbandry practices are also needed, so as to maintain stock health and welfare.

“The phase-out process must be planned and co-ordinated,” they say.

The scientists also call for reduced use of antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine, and plant protection, as part of a “balanced” package.

As an extra precaution, they also suggest the removal of antibiotic resistant marker genes from genetically modified crops.

The European Commission is expected to act quickly on the scientists recommenations.

“The current absence of clear causal links between amounts of antimicrobials used and the development of resistance should not be taken as an excuse for avoiding urgent action,” said a commission statement.

But the manufacturers body, Fefana, says that a ban is premature.

“Currently an in-depth study is underway in six EU countries involving tens of thousands of bacterial samples. It is illogical to start phasing out at this time.”

Without a proper scientific evaluation, a ban could lead to increased pig and poultry mortality, as occurred in Sweden in 1986, Fefana claims.

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