Saturday

22nd Sep 2018

EU to prohibit all antibiotics from feed

The European Commission adopted on Monday new safety rules for feed additives prohibiting the use of antibiotics as growth promoters. Under the new rules, the four remaining authorised antibiotics currently used as growth promoters within the EU will be phased out as of January 2006. The European Union already prohibited the use of other antibiotics, and following the advice of the scientific committee, it will rule out the use of any antibiotic as routine component of animal feed.

The same safety rules will apply to imports from third countries, in order to ensure fair treatment between community and external producers and avoid trade wars. A recent move by the EU to rule out beef with growth hormones sparked a trade row with the United States, as it banned a large share of American beef production from the European market. A separate piece of legislation deals with the control and monitoring of imports from third countries, the commissioner responsible for health and consumer protection David Byrne said.

Read and decide

Join EUobserver today

Support quality EU news

Get instant access to all articles — and 18 year's of archives. 30 days free trial.

... or join as a group

Mr Byrne also said on Monday that the use of the four presently allowed antibiotics represents no threat to human health. Nevertheless, following advice of the scientific committee, the EU will phase out their regular use in feed. They will be progressively replaced with alternatives, the commissioner explained. "This fulfils my commitment to the European Parliament in September 1999," Mr Byrne told the press.

Under the new proposal, which streamlines the existing rules on safety evaluation and marketing authorisation of feed additives, all new authorisations of feed additives will be granted for a ten-year period only. The companies applying for authorisation or re-authorisation of their products must demonstrate the positive effect for the animal (efficacy) and the absence of a risk for human health, animal health and the environment (safety).

Feature

Nordic scientists warn Brussels over 'superbugs'

Superbugs already kill 25,000 Europeans each year, despite hospitals fighting to stop the antibiotic resistant bacteria from spreading. This week the Nordic Council lobbied Brussels to wake up.

Agenda

Brexit and MEPs expenses in the spotlight This WEEK

The EU will be watching closely how the political dynamics of Theresa May's Conservative party conference starting next week will influence Brexit negotiations. MEPs might also be forced to release their office expenses.

Feature

Sound of discord at 'Sound of Music' Salzburg summit

Decisions in the EU are a complicated process of intense negotiations, quid pro quos and horse-trading, until an agreement can finally be reached. But that didn't happen in Salzburg.

Salzburg summit presses for bigger Frontex mandate

Issues of sovereignty remain entrenched following a proposal by the European Commission to expand the EU's border and coast guard, also known as Frontex, to 10,000. But EU leaders maintain a "basic consensus" of support had been reached.

Agenda

Brexit and MEPs expenses in the spotlight This WEEK

The EU will be watching closely how the political dynamics of Theresa May's Conservative party conference starting next week will influence Brexit negotiations. MEPs might also be forced to release their office expenses.

Feature

Sound of discord at 'Sound of Music' Salzburg summit

Decisions in the EU are a complicated process of intense negotiations, quid pro quos and horse-trading, until an agreement can finally be reached. But that didn't happen in Salzburg.

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. NORDIC COUNCIL OF MINISTERSThe vital bioeconomy. New issue of “Sustainable Growth the Nordic Way” out now
  2. NORDIC COUNCIL OF MINISTERSThe Nordic gender effect goes international
  3. NORDIC COUNCIL OF MINISTERSPaula Lehtomaki from Finland elected as the Council's first female Secretary General
  4. NORDIC COUNCIL OF MINISTERSNordic design sets the stage at COP24, running a competition for sustainable chairs.
  5. Counter BalanceIn Kenya, a motorway funded by the European Investment Bank runs over roadside dwellers
  6. ACCACompany Law Package: Making the Best of Digital and Cross Border Mobility,
  7. IPHRCivil Society Worried About Shortcomings in EU-Kyrgyzstan Human Rights Dialogue
  8. UNESDAThe European Soft Drinks Industry Supports over 1.7 Million Jobs
  9. Mission of China to the EUJointly Building Belt and Road Initiative Leads to a Better Future for All
  10. IPHRCivil society asks PACE to appoint Rapporteur to probe issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan
  11. ACCASocial Mobility – How Can We Increase Opportunities Through Training and Education?
  12. Nordic Council of MinistersEnergy Solutions for a Greener Tomorrow

Latest News

  1. Brexit and MEPs expenses in the spotlight This WEEK
  2. Wake-up call on European Day Against Islamophobia
  3. Sound of discord at 'Sound of Music' Salzburg summit
  4. Salzburg summit presses for bigger Frontex mandate
  5. UK's post-Brexit plan 'will not work', EU says
  6. Airbnb agrees to clarify pricing for EU
  7. Libya keeps coast guards rejected by the EU
  8. EU divisions on menu at Salzburg dinner

Join EUobserver

Support quality EU news

Join us