Halting spread of drug resistance from animals to humans: deal with Council

Cows European Union 2018

© European Union , 2010 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Benoît Bourgeois.

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.

Plans to curb the use of antibiotics on farms, so as to keep resistant bacteria out of human foods, were informally agreed by MEPs and ministers on Tuesday.

“This is a major step forward for public health”, said rapporteur Françoise Grossetête (EPP, FR).  ”Indeed, beyond farmers or animal owners, the use of veterinary medicines concerns us all, because it has a direct impact on our environment and our food, in short, on our health”,  she added.

“Thanks to this law, we will be able to reduce the consumption of antibiotics on livestock farms, an important source of resistance that is then transmitted to humans. Antibiotic resistance is a real sword of Damocles, threatening to send our health care system back to the Middle Ages”, she added.

Veterinary medicines must not under any circumstances serve to improve performance or compensate for poor animal husbandry, says the new law.It would limit the prophylactic use of antimicrobials (i.e. as a preventive measure, in the absence of clinical signs of infection) to single animals, only when fully justified by a veterinarian in cases where there is  a high risk of infection with severe consequences.

Metaphylactic use (i.e. treating a group of animals when one shows signs of infection) should happen only where no appropriate alternative exists, and after diagnosis and justification from a veterinarian.

Reserving antibiotics for humans 

To help tackle antimicrobial resistance, the law would empower the European Commission to designate antimicrobials which are to be reserved for human treatment.

Imports: EU rules to preclude use of antibiotics as growth promoters

As advocated by MEPs, the text also imposes the reciprocity of EU  standards in the use of antibiotics for imported foodstuffs. “This is a victory for the European Parliament. For example, our trading partners who want to continue exporting to Europe will also have to refrain from using antibiotics as growth promoters”, said Ms Grossetête.

Innovation

To encourage research into new antimicrobials, the agreement provides for incentives, including longer periods of protection for technical documentation on new medicines, commercial protection for innovative active substances, and protection for significant investments in data generated to improve an existing antimicrobial product or to keep it on the market.

Next steps

The agreement will be put to a vote in the Environment committee during its 20-21 June meeting.

Background

The European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) recently warned that bacteria in humans, food and animals continue to show resistance to the most widely-used antimicrobials. Scientists say that resistance to ciprofloxacin, an antimicrobial that is critically important for treating human infections, is very high in Campylobacter, thus reducing the options for effective treatment of severe foodborne infections. Multi-drug resistant Salmonella bacteria continue to spread across Europe.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Syrian crisis is ‘clearest example’ of foreign investment in terrorism, Deputy Prime Minister says at UN

Can agroforestry save India’s rivers and the farms that depend on them?

UN Security Council ‘utterly failed’ Syrian detainees; a victim voices her plea to ‘end impunity and stop this horror’

Why sustainable packaging is good for profits as well as the planet

Cohesion Policy: EU invests €880 million to improve Poland’s railway system

Ethical education as an obligatory course in medical curriculum

UN human rights chief denounces grave ‘assaults’ on fundamental rights of Palestinian people

Is this 3D-printed building the future home for astronauts on Mars?

Terrorism and migrants: the two awful nightmares for Europe and Germany in 2016

UN space-based tool opens new horizons to track land-use on Earth’s surface

UN chief praises Japanese climate resilience, as Typhoon Hagibis cleanup begins

This AI outperformed 20 corporate lawyers at legal work

Refugees now make up 1% of the world’s population

It’s getting harder to move data abroad. Here’s why it matters and what we can do

A Sting Exclusive: “Our ambition is by 2020 Indonesia to become an emerging power of World’s Maritime Access”, reveals the Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Indonesia in Brussels, treating WEF, ASEAN and EU-Indonesia relations on the eve of the World Economic Forum East Asia 2015 in Jakarta

Vegans in France are using extreme tactics to stop people eating meat

ECB is about to lend trillions to banks

These are the world’s most future-proof cities

Sudan: UN chief deplores excessive force used against pro-democracy protesters, calls on military and civilian leaders to ‘stay the course’ in negotiations

UN ‘determined to lead by example’ on disability rights: Guterres

Germany and France only care about keeping their borrowing cheap

EU Parliament semi worried over democratic deficit

Is co-living an answer to the affordable housing crisis?

Will Eurozone be able to repay its debts? Is a bubble forming there?

ILO warns of widespread insecurity in the global labour market

EU car manufacturers worry about an FTA with Japan

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: Banking moguls continue brandishing financial Armageddon to intimidate us all but in Davos they worry about the very distant future

UN chief welcomes start of Church-mediated national dialogue in Nicaragua

World Food Programme accesses Yemeni frontline district for first time since conflict began

Humanitarian Aid: additional €50 million to tackle drought in the Horn of Africa

Microplastics have been found in Rocky Mountain rainwater

Citizens to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe

Is sub-Saharan Africa ready for the electric vehicle revolution?

Syria: Thousands of children ‘hemmed in’ by ‘brutal and gratuitous’ spike in violence

Changing the EU copyright law won’t bring us much closer to Digital Single Market

5 futuristic ways to fight cyber attacks

IMF to teach Germany a Greek lesson

Here’s what keeps CEOs awake at night (and why it might be bad news for your next job)

EU: Huge surplus in the trade of services with the rest of the world

Europe’s dirty air kills 400,000 people every year

Here’s a reason to feel cheerful – the world is full of Good Samaritans

UN Member States overwhelmingly support end of US embargo against Cuba

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of L3 Technologies by Harris Corporation, subject to conditions

4 things President Trump could learn from Jimmy Carter

Reconciliation helps ‘repair fractures’, enable lasting peace, Security Council hears

EU Visa Policy: Commission welcomes agreement to strengthen EU visa rules

Guinea-Bissau: Upcoming elections vital to prevent ‘relapse’ into instability, says UN envoy

230 Junior Entrepreneurs and over 70 guests attended the International Congress on “Entrepreneurial Skills for Youth”

Manufacturers Get Smarter for Industry 4.0

Iraq protests: UN calls for national talks to break ‘vicious cycle’ of violence

The clothes of the future could be made from pineapples and bananas

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

This is why AI has a gender problem

UN chief hails victory of ‘political will’ in historic Republic of North Macedonia accord

Can self-charging batteries keep us connected for ever? A young scientist explains

Climate change and health: creating global awareness and using earth resources wisely

UN envoy says he ‘is ready to go to Idlib’ to help ensure civilian safety amid rising fears of government offensive

UN rights chief welcomes new text to protect rights of peasants and other rural workers

Anti-terror measures against youngsters’ online posts ‘linked to spike in child detention globally’

Tax evasion and fraud threaten the European project

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s