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New Antibiotic Laws Introduced in Germany

1 October 2012, at 8:27am

GERMANY - The use of antibiotics in animal production is to be reduced significantly in Germany.

A new nationwide database is expected to help exchange information between authorities, allowing stricter control than previously.

Under new regulations, owners must document the use of antibiotics.

"The key point of the drug law is to reduce the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry effectively. This reform will not miss the target," said Federal Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner in Berlin.

"The states and the federal government of Germany must pull together and do our utmost to stop the excessive use of veterinary drugs. This is only possible if we tackle the root - and more importantly in those companies where it is necessary."

The core of the new law is an antibiotic minimisation concept. It allows the monitoring authorities to assess the frequency of treatment with antibiotics in a company and compare it with other companies.

On this basis, the farmers are required to adhere to appropriate tests and measures in conjunction with the vet and the authorities. The aim is to reduce the use of antibiotics to a minimum.