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May 2019 | Issue 5
AnimalhealthEurope News
With World Animal Vaccination Day (20 April) and European Immunisation Week (24–30 April) just behind us, it would be hard to miss the headlines on the value of vaccination. Yet the WHO has listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 health threats of the year. And it doesn't stop at human health...
Vets in Europe report anti-vaccine attitudes developing among some pet owners, and the repercussions to both animal and public health are just as serious. Vaccines are hugely successful tools in the prevention of diseases, but a lack of true understanding on how they work could see our population threatened with deadly diseases once again. 
We joined forces with veterinary associations FECAVA and FVE to raise awareness on this issue.

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Recent news
AnimalhealthEurope signs up to EU Code of Conduct on agricultural data sharing
On the one year anniversary of its initial launch AnimalhealthEurope joins a dozen agricultural organisations in supporting this code of conduct on data use to encourage the further development of smart sustainable farming. Digitalisation such as continuous livestock monitoring upholds high animal health and welfare standards via early disease detection. Transparent principles and guidelines are essential to ensure uptake and engagement in a open data mind-set. 
EPRUMA publishes new best-practice guidance on vaccine use in animals
During a week of awareness-raising efforts on the value of vaccines for both animal and public health, the joint stakeholder platform published guidelines on prevention of disease through vaccination. With a view to complementing existing national guidelines and improving vaccine coverage in Europe, EPRUMA promotes vaccination as a highly valuable part of the wider framework for Responsible Use of medicines in animals. 
Mandates published for Veterinary Medicines Regulation
Earlier this month the European Commission published the first batch of mandates to the EU agencies concerning the different pieces of secondary legislation pertaining to the new Regulations on veterinary medicines and medicated feed. Progress on the development of this legislation can be consulted on the Commission website as it becomes available.

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Europe's population is generally considered to be well-fed in terms of choice, nutrition, quality and assurance of safe food yet the conversations on what we eat and how it's produced are diverse and divergent.
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21 June 2019
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