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Question on antibiotic resistance

MEPs questioned the European Commission on antibiotic resistance in animals on 11 May 2011.

The question - tabled by the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - sought to establish how growing resistance in animals to antibiotics will be tackled by future EU initiatives or legislative proposals.

Laszlo Andor, speaking on behalf of the Commission, announced a five year strategy on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

He told MEPs that the strategy would be unveiled on 18 November to coincide with European Antibiotic Awareness Day.

On Thursday 12 May MEPs will vote on a draft resolution calling for more research and better monitoring of the effects of antimicrobials on food-producing animals and pets.

Unfortunately due to technical reasons we are unable to bring you the video of this debate.

Read Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work here.

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