Responsible use of antimicrobial agents

The use of antibiotics for animals should always be based on the diagnosis of the causative microbe and its sensitivity to antimicrobial agents. Read more about the responsible use of antimicrobial agents for animals in Finland (Finnish Food Authority)

In Finland Recommendations for the use of antimicrobials in the treatment of the most significant infectious and contagious diseases in animals are given by the Finnish Food Authority (updated 2016).

On November 18th 2019, the poultry industry has decided to ban the use of the following antibiotics in the treatment of production poultry:

  • (Fluoro)quinolones
  • 3rd- and 4th-generation cephalosporins
  • Colistin
  • New broad-spectrum and slowly eliminated macrolides


Use of antibiotics in poultry production in Finland

The National Working Group for Meat Poultry Health Care (ETU) has since 2007 collected data about antimicrobial use for meat poultry in Finland through a yearly questionnaire aimed to the companies breeding and rearing nearly 100 % of the broilers and turkeys in Finland.

The main reasons for the need of antimicrobial medications were Tenosynovitis (S. aureus) of the broiler GP and P flocks and Necrotic Enteritis of the meat turkeys. Penicillin and amoxicillin have been the most used antibiotics.

Use of antibiotics in broiler meat production in Finland 2007-2020

Use of antibiotics in turkey meat production in Finland 2007-2020


The measures of the industry to promote responsible use of antibiotics in Finland, Poster in the 5th international conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Animals

Antimicrobial Use in Meat Poultry Production in Finland 2007-2012, Poster WVPAC 2013

See more about Consumption of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in Finland (Natural Resources Institute Finland)

Comparative data on the use of antibiotics for production animals in Europe (EMA)