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Connemann / Stegemann: Agriculture and Veterinarians Meet Their Responsibilities

19.06.2019 – 14:58

CDU / CSU – Federal Bundestag

Berlin (ots)

The use of antibiotics in livestock production decreased by almost a third

At today's meeting, the Federal Government discussed the report of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) on the assessment of the concept of antibiotic rehabilitation of the 16th Amendments to the German Medicines Act. The deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, Gitta Connemann and chairman of the working group on nutrition and agriculture, Albert Stegemann, explain:

Gitta Connemann: "The rise of anti-microbial resistance in the world is a timed bomb." The world without antibiotics should not become a reality, and antibiotic resistance has been high for many years on the political agenda of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. and for the first time we have received regulatory information on the level of use of antibiotics in animal feed.

If we look at the assessment report, it becomes clear that agriculture shows how it works. The total consumption of antibiotics in animal feed fell by almost one third between 2014 and 2017 (31.6 percent) during the reporting period. Success is policy, agriculture and veterinary law.

The assessment report emphasizes that agriculture and veterinary medicine are part of the solution. But we do not rely on those achievements. Since the report also shows a high use of critical antibiotics in poultry from our point of view. Here we will further restrict the use of verifiable active ingredients for cattle breeding. Critical antibiotics veterinarians can only use in emergencies and after careful consideration.

A way to reduce the use of antibiotics in cattle breeding will be kept in line with the Antibiotic Resistance Strategy in Germany & # 39; (DART 2020) and & quot; approach for one health & # 39; & quot; Because we have to look at human and veterinary medicine together and work online to avoid resistance.

Albert Stegemann: "Evaluation shows that German agriculture and veterinarians fulfill their responsibility, and the use of antibiotics in pig farming has dropped especially for 46% for fattening and 43% for fattening. Data quality and significant reduction of antibiotic consumption in fattening pigs and piglets show that the system works.

But it is also clear: sick animals have to be treated, which is part of animal welfare. It also includes the special promotion of future animals targeting animal welfare. This is why we need the support of approved animal husbandry facilities for modernization measures for the purpose of animal welfare. This aspect must be an integral part of the national cattle breeding strategy, further developed by Federal Minister Julia Klöckner.


Resistance to antibiotics is a serious global problem in human and veterinary medicine. In order to counteract the spread of antimicrobial resistance in cattle breeding, in Germany, the National Antibiotic Rehabilitation Concept for Reptiles with the 16th Amendments to the German Medicines Act (AMG) was introduced in Germany in 2014. After that, BMEL will evaluate this concept after five years and submit a report to the German Bundestag.

Antibiotics can only be used if therapeutically necessary, especially in animals receiving food. According to AMG, antibiotics can only be used to treat diseased animals, but not to stimulate growth. Violations of these regulations are punishable. Additionally, a compulsory antibiogram (antibiotic lab test) must be available in certain cases, such as antibiotic changes or the use of critical antibiotics, according to the veterinary office (TÄHAV) order.

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