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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on new, antibiotic-free disinfectant technologies in poultry farming

Mireille D’Ornano

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on new, antibiotic-free disinfectant technologies in poultry farming  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the Council conclusions of 22 June 2012 on ‘the impact of antimicrobial resistance in the human health sector and in the veterinary sector – a “One Health” perspective’,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas heavy reliance on antibiotics in poultry farming is contributing to antimicrobial resistance, which, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), was responsible for 700 000 deaths worldwide in 2014;

B.  whereas, while unable to eradicate the H5N8 subtype of the avian influenza virus, prototypes of decontamination robots designed for use in poultry holdings disperse a ‘dry mist’ of antibiotic-free disinfectants which limit the spread of bacteria, in particular, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus;

C.  whereas technology of that type is an effective means to tackle the rising phenomenon of antimicrobial resistance head-on;

1.  Encourages the Commission to support research into new technologies capable of making a significant contribution to the fight against antimicrobial resistance, and to promote their development.

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