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Antimicrobial Resistance

About AMR

What is it?
What is it?
FAO's role
FAO's role
Who we are
Who we are
Key sectors
Key sectors

Antimicrobial drugs play a critical role in the treatment of diseases, their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials are often misused for treatment and prevention of diseases in livestock sector, aquaculture as well as crop production. These actions are often associated with the potential risk of emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant micro-organisms.

Key facts

Around 700.000 human deaths each year related to antimicrobial resistance (UK’s O’Neill Commission)

27 different antimicrobial classes used in animals.

Total global animal health market in 2011 was equivalent to USD 22 billion (OECD)

Just 89 countries report having a system in place to collect data on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals (OIE, 2015)

No standardized data available on the global use of antimicrobials in livestock

Publications

Tackling antimicrobial use and resistance in pig production - Lessons learned in Denmark

This publication describes an arduous campaign to tackle the use of antimicrobials – specifically antibiotics – in the Danish swine-producing sector thanks to the collaboration between the regulatory sector within the Ministry of Environment and [...]

Antimicrobial resistance policy review and development framework

A regional guide for governments in Asia and the Pacific to review, update and develop policies to address antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use in animal production

Healthy animals, happy farmers!

When an infection strikes, and medicines like antibiotics (and other antimicrobials) do not work, you can lose your entire stock of animals to disease. This also puts the health of you and your family at [...]

News

Focusing on Denmark and FAO’s joint efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Denmark’s Minister for the Environment and Food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, for talks regarding bilateral cooperation, including joint efforts to mitigate the threat of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food [...]

Global Feed Safety Platform

Recognizing the importance of animal feed safety for the production of safe food, the Codex Committee on Residue of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF) requested FAO  and WHO  to provide scientific advice and risk management options (such as the [...]

Managing the risk of veterinary drug transfer through feed to food

Medicated feed is one important route for administering veterinary medicinal products to animals, in particular to animals intended for food production. It can be difficult to administer a veterinary drug to an animal, especially in the [...]

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