The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have issued a statement regarding the reduction of antimicrobial use in animals and the need to intervene on the use of antimicrobial medicines.
The two agencies said that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to reduce antibiotic use. Measures to reduce antimicrobial use should range from recording both use and the development of resistance, establishing a national target for antibiotic use reduction and reducing inherent disease risk on each farm.
Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance chair Gwyn Jones said, “The acknowledgement that there is no perfect system and each local situation needs its own multifaceted approach to reducing use of antibiotic is refreshing. There has been a tendency for critics to promote alternative farming systems or demand blanket implementation of rules in other countries, when what we actually need is to reduce use in a sustainable way that safeguards animal welfare.”
Mr. Jones also added that the use of antimicrobial medicine should only be used as a last resort in treating animals.