EU to ban four antibiotic feed additives

03 December 1998

EU to ban four antibiotic feed additives

THE European Union is preparing to ban four antibiotics used in animal feed.

The measure won the support of 10 member states and is likely to be endorsed by farm ministers.

The drugs are: Spiramycin (manufactured by Rhone-Poulenc); Virginiamycin (Pfizer); Tysolin phosphate (Elanco); and Bacitran zinc.

The argument for the ban has been sparked by increased concern that antibiotics in animal feed could build up bacterial resistance in humans to drugs.

The European Commission has also proposed a ban on two feed additives made by Pfizer and Bayer. It says they too could endanger human health.

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