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S&Ds: We secured another tool to improve animal health and combat antimicrobial resistance

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Medicated feed is one of the routes of oral administration of veterinary medicines to a group of animals and the safest way because it ensures an accurate dosage of the veterinary medicine. This is crucial when thinking about our work in fighting against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Hence, we welcome the adoption in plenary of the report on ‘veterinary medicinal products manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed´.  Responsible use of antibiotics has to avoid overdosing as well as under-dosing, particularly when it comes to treating groups of animals.
The agriculture vice-chair, rapporteur and S&D member, Clara Eugenia Aguilera García, said:
“Today we have taken another significant step in our battle against antimicrobial resistance, updating and harmonising rules on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed through a regulation instead of a Directive.
“These rules are under the new general regulation of veterinary medicinal products (VMP). This is particularly the case where we have established the total prohibition of prophylactic use of medicated feed containing antibiotics in the medicated feed regulation.
“Prevention is always better than cure, but when the only solution is to administer a VMP (via medicated feed) we will have stricter rules of use and manufacture for a therapeutic tool in the hands of our veterinarians.”

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