Antibiotic Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance still a ‘threat to public health’

Antimicrobial resistance still a ‘threat to public health’

By Aidan Fortune

Bacteria from humans and animals continue to show resistance to antimicrobials, according to a new report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Salmonella and other bacteria continue to develop antibiotic resistance ©iStock

Antimicrobial resistance ‘biggest threat’ to public health

By Katy Askew

Bacterial resistance to antimicrobials in humans, animals and food is one of the “biggest threats” to public health that requires a joined-up approach from European Union Member States, according to a report out today (27 February).

Food safety tests found 17% of sampled chicken had traces of E.coli bacteria

Levels of contamination in Finnish chicken static

By John Pagni

The chair of Finland’s Broiler Association (Suomen Broileryhdistys) Suvi Rantala-Sarjeant has told GlobalMeatNews there is no consistent rise in levels of so-called drug-resistant super bacteria found in Finland-sold fresh chicken. 

The tough antibiotic vancomycin fights bacteria in three different ways

Modified antibiotic won't change meat sector plans

By Oscar Rousseau

A modified antibiotic that is more potent to bacteria and could make it easier to fight life-threatening superbugs is unlikely to change meat industry plans to cut medicine use.

Evidence suggests antibiotic overuse in meat could spell disaster for human medicine

US restaurant chains urged to stop antibiotics support

By Aaron McDonald

A $1 trillion coalition, made up from 54 institutional investors, has called for 10 of the largest restaurant chains in the US, as well as the UK, to stop sourcing meat from suppliers that use antibiotics.

The number of ESBL bacteria found in Danish and imported broiler meat dropped in 2014

ESBL bacteria rates fall in Danish meat

By Chloe Ryan

Considerably fewer resistant ESBL bacteria were found in Danish and imported broiler meat in 2014 compared with the year before. It is the second consecutive year that a fall in the occurrence of this type of bacteria has been found in Danish broiler...

Researchers said the public should not be overly worried by the findings

MRSA found in UK retail meat products

By Joseph James Whitworth

Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been found in retail meat products from supermarkets in the UK.

Salmonella. Picture: Janice Haney Carr, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC repeats antibiotic resistance message

By Joseph James Whitworth

Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs is an ‘ongoing public health threat’, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exactly the same message it delivered last year.

The testing programme has detected and verified LA-MRSA infections in 15 pig herds to date

Norway food safety test uncovers new pig superbug outbreaks

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

A countrywide testing programme by Mattilsynet, Norway’s food safety authority, has uncovered six new pig herds infected by the drug-resistant LA-MRSA (livestock-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) bacteria in what constitutes a new...

Pigs do not become ill from MRSA, says Olov Aspevall

Random tests find MRSA in Danish and German pork in Sweden

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

Pork containing MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) has been detected during random checks by Sweden’s national veterinary institute (Statens veterinärmedicinska) inspectors.

IFAH has appealed to those engaged in animal health to use antibiotics responsibly

Conference calls for responsible use of livestock antibiotics

By Oli Haenlein

The 3rd International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Amsterdam recently drew to a close, and the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) has appealed to those engaged in animal health to use antibiotics responsibly.

LA-MRSA was found in a six- to eight-week piglet in Northern Ireland

LA-MRSA discovered in piglet in Northern Ireland

By Georgi Gyton

News has emerged from Northern Ireland that a piglet has been found to have Livestock Associated MRSA (LA-MRSA), in what is the first case of its kind in the country.

Norwegian pig herd destroyed after discovery of MRSA

Norway acts against MRSA infection on pig farm

By Gerard O’Dwyer

Mattilsynet, Norway’s food safety authority, has ordered the destruction of a pig-herd in Vestre Toten, in western Norway, following the discovery of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) in the herd. The...

Denmark reduces antibiotics on-farm by 11%

Denmark exceeds antibiotics objective

By Line Svanevik

Denmark has exceeded its objective to reduce antibiotics on-farm since 2009, according to figures from October last year.

EFSA details antimicrobial resistance in food chain

EFSA infographic explains antimicrobial resistance

EFSA infographic: The fight against antimicrobial resistance

By Joseph James Whitworth

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has produced an infographic on how it fights the ever-growing problem of antimicrobial resistance in the food chain.


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