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Parliamentary questions
7 March 2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

The Commission shares the concerns of the Honorable Member and agrees on the importance of adopting an overall policy to reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR is a serious threat to human and animal health and there is a clear need to adopt a transnational ‘one health’ approach.

This is why the Commission is now proposing, for all new bilateral trade agreements, a specific provision to increase cooperation and commitment of EU trade partners to reduce the use of antibiotics in animal production. The aim is also to foster cooperation for the development and the implementation of international guidelines, standards, recommendations and actions aiming to promote the prudent and responsible use of antibiotics.

Products of animal origin entering into the EU are checked by the veterinary services of the EU Member States at the EU border inspection posts with the aim to ensure the respect of European food safety standards and to prevent health risks for European consumers.

Physical and laboratory checks are routinely carried out and the frequency of controls may be raised when there is suspicion of unsafe food. Decision 2002/994/EC(1) concerning certain protective measures with regard to the products of animal origin imported from China also obliges Chinese authorities to provide additional sanitary guarantees, in relation to the presence of residues from medicinal products, when exporting fishery products to the EU.

(1)OJ L 348/154, 21.12.2002.

Last updated: 14 March 2017Legal notice