The Role of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in the Fight against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Pietro Stella, Pierre-Alexandre Beloeil, Beatriz Guerra, Marta Hugas, Ernesto Liebana

Biblographic citation: Food Protection Trends, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 72-80, Jan 2018

Volume 38, Issue 1: Pages 72–80

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is an agency funded by the European Union that acts as a source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. EFSA is actively involved in many activities in the area of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It provides scientific advice used to support the European legislator and Member States in making effective and timely risk management decisions in the fight against AMR for example, in reducing the need to use antimicrobials in food-producing animals or in managing emerging threats such as resistance of microorganisms to beta-lactams, carbapenems and colistin. EFSA provides advice on how to monitor AMR in food-producing animals and food, and gathers and analyzes data collected at the national level in Europe. Finally, it actively communicates the risks linked to antimicrobial resistance. This paper provides an overview of the activities of EFSA in the area of AMR.

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