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Director-General  José Graziano da Silva

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

FAO Director-General meets Denmark’s Minister for Environment and Food

21 February 2019, Rome – 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 production.

Today, FAO’s Animal Health division launched a new AMR case study series aimed at supporting countries to learn from one another and to share experiences on the responsible use of antimicrobials  - - an estimated 700 000 people die each year from antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infections and an untold number of sick animals may not be responding to treatment.

The first case study, developed in cooperation with the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, “Tackling antimicrobial use and resistance in pig production: Lessons learned in Denmark,” describes Denmark’s national campaign to tackle the use of antimicrobials – specifically antibiotics – in the Danish swine-producing sector.

The publication also includes key factors for the Danish success and lessons learned. It may serve other countries and involved stakeholders to identify ways forward to limit the emergency and spread of antimicrobial resistance.  

It shows how thanks to a sound investment policy in strategies for infection prevention –including improving hygiene, nutrition, and animal housing – the overall use of antibiotics in the Danish swine sector continues to decrease, and a reduction of 25% has been achieved since 2009 while profitability has been maintained.

Watch the minister's remarks following the meeting: