Medicated Feed Dossier • Policy Report

Medicated Feed Dossier • Policy Report

To fight antimicrobial resistance. How?

  • Banning the use of antimicrobials in medicated feed for prophylaxis and growth promotion;
  • Restricting the veterinary prescriptions with antimicrobials;
  • Setting harmonised limits for antimicrobials in ordinary feed.

To set harmonised standards for manufacturing safe medicated feed.

To create a legal framework for safe manufacturing of medicated feed for pets.

 

 

SUMMARY

Medicated feed is one of the oral routes to administer veterinary medicinal products to animals and is generally used to treat animal diseases in large groups of animals, in particular pigs and poultry. As regards the oral administration of medicines to animals, the animal holders can either incorporate the medicines themselves into the feed or drinking water, or use medicated feed into which the medicine is incorporated by themselves, if they are approved for this activity, or by another approved manufacturer of medicated feed. Depending on each specific situation, this can be the most effective way for a farmer to treat their livestock.

 

RESULTS

The EU regulated the manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed in the Directive 90/167/EEC. Due to the diverging national implementations, production standards and usage of medicated feed vary between the EU countries. In light of the Commission proposal, the European Parliament launched the revision of the Directive, leading to the implementation of the new Regulation (EU) 2019/4 on medicated feed by the local legislators.

 

MAIN AMENDMENTS

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

Text proposed by the CommissionAmendment
(14) Medicated feed should be marketed in sealed containers for safety reasons and to protect user’s interest.(14) Medicated feed should be marketed in sealed containers for safety reasons and to protect user’s interest. However, appropriate derogations should be provided for where the application of that requirement is not necessary to protect human or animal health or consumer interests, and would represent an excessive administrative and technical burden.
Justification
Existing derogations under Article 23 of Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 for the transport of feed should be included in this regulation to ensure consistency with current transport arrangements for medicated feed in certain Member States.

 

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 19

Text proposed by the CommissionAmendment
(19) Taking into account the serious public health risk posed by resistance to antimicrobials, it is appropriate to limit the use of medicated feed containing antimicrobials for food-producing animals. Preventive use or use to enhance the performance of food-producing animals should in particular not be allowed.(19) Taking into account the serious public health risk posed by resistance to antibiotics, it is appropriate to limit the use of medicated feed containing antibiotics for animals. Prophylactic use of medicated feed containing antibiotics should not be allowed unless such use is permitted under Regulation (EU) 2016/… (Veterinary Medicinal Products). The use of antibiotics to enhance the performance of food-producing animals should be prohibited.
Justification
See justification for the amendment on Article 16 – paragraph 2.

 

Amendment    40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the CommissionAmendment
1. Feed business operators manufacturing, storing, transporting and placing on the market medicated feed and intermediate products shall put in place, implement and maintain a permanent written procedure or procedures based on the hazard analysis and critical control points (hereinafter: ‘ HACCP ‘ ) system as provided for in Regulation (EC) No 183/2005.1. Feed business operators manufacturing, storing, transporting and placing on the market medicated feed and intermediate products shall put in place, implement and maintain a permanent written procedure or procedures based on the hazard analysis and critical control points (hereinafter: ‘ HACCP ‘ ) system as provided for in Regulation (EC) No 183/2005. Established control systems for on-farm mixers may be retained, provided it is ensured that the HACCP principles are complied with.
Justification
In implementing Regulation (EC) No 183/2005, primary feed producers already comply with the principles of the HACCP in the records they keep. It should remain possible to use these records.