Citizen awareness of EU ban on use of AGPs remains low

The European Commission published an updated Special Eurobarometer on Antimicrobial Resistance in the margins of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 15 November 2018.

The updated Special Eurobarometer on AMR indicates that only 38% of EU citizens is aware of the EU ban from 2006 on the use of antibiotics for stimulating growth in farm animals. The new finding is broadly in line with the first Special Eurobarometer on AMR from April 2016 which indicated this was 37%. There are only two Member States where the majority of respondents say they know that there is an EU ban on the use of antibiotics to stimulate growth in farm animals: the Netherlands (54%) and Italy (52%). The next highest proportions are found in Finland (46%), Belgium (44%) and Poland (43%). Countries where respondents are least likely to know about the ban include Hungary and the UK (both 29%), Estonia (27%), Greece (25%) and Romania (21%). Comparing the results at a national level with those from the 2016 survey, the proportion of respondents who say they know this ban exists has increased in 13 Member States and decreased in 15.