With great relief Dr. Wolfgang Trunk, DG Sante, announced on 21 June in Lyon ahead of the Annual General Meeting of the European compound feed industry (Fefac) that the European Commission succeeded in adopting a comprehensive package on the regulation of medical feeds on Wednesday night. This is an important milestone in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR), emphasized Trunk. Accordingly, "antimicrobial" is any substance used to treat or prevent infections, including antibiotics and agents that have antiviral, antifungal and antiprotozoal effects. Antibiotic is any substance that has direct effects on bacteria used to treat or prevent infectious diseases. Antiparasitic is a substance that kills parasites or inhibits their development. Trunk pointed out that the package still had to go the regulatory way, but no major changes could be expected. In the fight for the AMR, it was possible to reduce the sales of Antibioka for use in animals by 13.4% from 2011 to 2015. Zinc oxide and coccidiostats are not listed as antimicrobials in this statistic.
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