July 23, 2003 -- CropChoice
news -- Just-food.com, 07/22/03: David Byrne, EU Commissioner
for Health and Consumer Protection, has welcomed the final adoption,
at the Agriculture Council today [Tuesday], of an EU regulation
controlling the use of additives in animal feed.
The new regulation will strengthen the control of all types of
additives in animal feed, but in particular it completes the EU’s
drive to phase out antibiotics as growth promoters. Banning the
use of antibiotics as growth promoters in feed is also vital to
efforts to combat anti-microbial resistance, the European Commission
The regulation will come into force later this year, once it has
been published in the EU's Official Journal.
The EU has already 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 substances: monensin sodium, salinomycin sodium, avilamycin