Farm Ireland

Sunday 21 January 2018

Stricter EU controls on animal medicines

MEP Mairead McGuinness. Photo: Damien Eagers
MEP Mairead McGuinness. Photo: Damien Eagers

Stricter EU laws on veterinary medicines to counter anti-microbial resistance are on the way after a vote in Brussels.

MEPs voted in favour of the proposed ban on the blanket treatment of animals with antibiotics and on the use of antibiotics as a preventive measure, as part of a package of measures designed to strengthen the laws on animal medicines.

"The vote is a wake-up call for the farm sector and points to ever tighter restrictions on the use of antibiotics to avoid the misuse or inappropriate use of these important medicines," said MEP Mairead McGuinness, highlighting it must be part of an overall approach to tackle usage in humans.

It follows a warning from the European Centre for Disease Control that bacteria in humans, food and animals continue to show resistance to the most common antimicrobials.

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