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In the latest bid to thwart antibiotic resistance, a European Parliament committee unanimously voted to adopt a deal with the European Council to limit the medicines in food-producing livestock.

Under the new rules, ordinary antibiotic use for preventing disease will be prohibited and healthy animals can only receive them under certain circumstances, such as following surgery. The European Council member states, or individual countries, must collect data on antibiotic sales and usage for each animal species. And the Commission will have to compile a list of antibiotics that will be reserved for treating only humans. (Here is a backgrounder.)

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