The European Poultry Sector takes the issue of AMR very seriously and we are ambitious and committed in minimizing the use of antibiotics to as little as possible but as much as necessary.
It is core to protect the health and welfare of our birds and therefore we rely on a sustainable and effective use of antimicrobials. In addition, the European Poultry Industries (AVEC and EPB (European poultry breeders association) support to “Best-practice framework for the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals” as published by EPRUMA.
What is the EU poultry sector doing?
The European Poultry sector is since years acknowledging the problem and putting in place clear RECOMANDATIONS:
And effective ACTIONS:
Some of the sectorial initiatives at national level:
The sectorial initiatives have been highly successful in driving antibiotic reduction across Europe:
UK: The British poultry council developed an Antibiotic Stewardship (2011), the poultry meat sector became the first UK livestock sector to pioneer a data collection mechanism and share antibiotic usage data with the government’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).
The Netherlands: Since 2008 the stakeholders of the Dutch poultry sector are cooperating in AVINED an intersectoral platform to grant an effective and sustainable Antibiotics usage. The Dutch poultry sector has achieved an extremely low usage of antibiotics over the last few years. The new action plan has been launched in 2016 and it is regularly adjusting. The measures include checking the animal housing climate more often, giving animal behaviour more attention, improving the quality of the drinking water and applying hygiene measures.
Germany and Austria
Germany and Austria established databases for monitoring antibiotic usage in poultry.