E.U. Ag Council adopts final text on feed antibiotics ban

by Emily Buckley
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — The E.U. Agriculture Council has adopted the final text of an E.U. regulation controlling the use of additives in animal feed. The regulation will come into force later this year.

The new regulation will strengthen the control of all types of additives in animal feed, but in particular it completes the E.U.’s drive to phase out antibiotics as growth promoters. The Agriculture Council initially approved the draft language in December 2002.

Strengthening rules on the safety of animal feed is one of the cornerstones of the E.U.’s food safety strategy. Banning the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in feed is also seen as vital to efforts to combat anti-microbial resistance.

The E.U. already had banned antibiotics used in human medicine from being added to animal feed. The new regulation completes this ban on antibiotic growth promoters in feed by prohibiting the use of four specific substances, monensin sodium, salinomycin sodium, avilamycin and flavophospholipol.