Antimicrobial resistance in animals poses ongoing challenge

27 March 20241 min reading

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals remains a pressing concern, with recent findings from EFSA revealing continued resistance in bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter.

The European Food Safety Association's (EFSA) recent report highlights ongoing concerns regarding antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals, notably in bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter. Despite efforts, these pathogens continue to display resistance to commonly used antimicrobials, posing risks to animal health and food safety.

Of particular worry is the emergence of resistance to critically important antimicrobials like carbapenems in some bacterial isolates from food-producing animals. This emphasizes the urgent need for collaborative efforts across sectors to address AMR in animal agriculture.

Promoting prudent antimicrobial use in animal feed, implementing strict infection prevention and control measures on farms, and supporting research and innovation for new veterinary antimicrobials are crucial steps. These measures are essential to mitigate the spread of resistant bacteria, safeguard animal health, and ensure the safety of the food supply chain.

Addressing AMR in animals is paramount not only for the welfare of livestock but also for maintaining public health by preventing the transmission of resistant bacteria to humans through food consumption.

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