12 feed antibiotic reduction lessons from EU producers

12 feed antibiotic reduction lessons from EU producers

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There is no need to reinvent the wheel when EU countries have already made all of the necessary mistakes on the road toward antibiotic-free diets.

Europe has been struggling to reduce antibiotic usage in animal feeds since 2006, and even earlier in some countries. They banned feed-grade antibiotics as growth-promoting agents only to discover that total antibiotic usage increased in 2007 and still resists dropping to desirable low levels. Today, the EU is following a more holistic approach that views the reduction of antibiotic usage as a goal to be achieved gradually by a complete overhaul of the whole industry and not miraculously by just the ban on feed antibiotics.