Belgium Use of antibiotics reduced
In 2014, a ten-point plan was adopted in Belgium aimed at halving the use of antibiotics in livestock farming by 2020 and reducing important antibiotics classified as critical by 75%. At the same time, the administration of the active ingredient in feed mixtures should be reduced by 50% by the end of 2017. Last year, two of the targets were already achieved: Cumulative reductions of 84% in critical antibiotics versus 2011 and 66.6% in feed with antibiotic additives.
The use of antibiotics in livestock farming has been reduced by 25.9% since 2011. Even if the best result since the collection of antibiotic data was achieved in 2017, with a minus of 7.4% compared to the previous year, sensitization must be consistently pursued - among other things on the basis of benchmark reports to animal owners. Finally, antimicrobial veterinary drugs are to be reduced by a further 24% by 2020.