European Parliament approves curbs on use of antibiotics on farm animals

30 October 2018

Article: 52/4307

Plans to limit the use of antibiotics on farms were adopted by the European Parliament on 25 October 2018. The restrictions on the use of antibiotics on healthy farm animals aims to keep food free from resistant bacteria and halt the spread of ‘superbugs’ that are resistant to medical treatment.

The new legislation, which will become law by 2022, bans the use of human reserve antibiotics in veterinary medicine and the use of unprescribed animal antimicrobials. Other measures will proscribe the use of antibiotics for performance enhancement or to replace poor animal husbandry, and limit the drug treatment of whole groups of animals when only one is infected.

Source: European Parliament, 25 October 2018