Antimicrobial Resistance Roundtable

In the face of growing human health problems associated with antimicrobial resistance a group of veterinarians, food scientists, farmers and representatives from the food and animal health industries came together for a Roundtable discussion, hosted at FAI in Oxford UK. The aims of the meeting were to explore ways forward to effectively and responsibly manage antimicrobial use in food production in a way that decelerates the development of resistance in both humans and animals, protects animal welfare, and ensures our ability to feed the world in a safe and sustainable manner.

There was broad agreement at the Roundtable that Critically Important Antimicrobials, as categorized by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should be treated as a special category. Agreement also emerged around a proposal to adapt a 3Rs framework of Replace, Reduce, Refine to help drive responsible use of antimicrobials in agriculture.

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