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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

AMR develops when bacteria, fungi or viruses are exposed to antibiotics, antifungals or antivirals. As a result, the antimicrobials become ineffective and infections may persist. In addition, medical interventions including surgery, chemotherapy and stem cell therapy may become impossible. 
AMR is considered the biggest global threat of Health and Food Safety.

AMR Insights

For Food professionals who wish to prevent Antimicrobial resistance in raw materials, intermediate and finished dairy, meat and other food products, AMR Insights offers selected, global information and data, specific education and extensive networking and partnering opportunities. 

AMR Insights is for:

  • Farmers and other agrifood primary producers
  • Quality staff in Food, Dairy and Meat processing companies
  • Lab technicians in contract research and analysis laboratories
  • Regulatory authorities staff
  • Quality staff in Retail

Latest Topics

  •   26 February 2024

    Assessment of the Implementation of Pakistan’s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Agriculture and Food Sectors

    Pakistan’s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was assessed in October 2022 using the Progressive Management Pathway on AMR tool. The assessment found moderate coverage (59%), with gaps in governance, good practices, and interventions in non-livestock sectors. Only 12% of the activities were fully executed, and resource constraints hindered scalable and sustainable interventions. The […]

  •   25 February 2024

    Prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance in the food chain: guidance for food safety authorities in Europe

    The WHO Regional Office for Europe published a study in 2011 titled “Tackling antibiotic resistance from a food safety perspective in Europe.” The study aimed to address the issue of foodborne antimicrobial resistance in the European Region, which causes 23 million illnesses and nearly 5000 deaths annually. The publication provides practical advice on preventing and […]

  •   23 February 2024

    Antimicrobial consumption and resistance in bacteria from humans and food‐producing animals

    The fourth joint inter-agency report on integrated analysis of antimicrobial consumption (AMC) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria from humans and food-producing animals (JIACRA) analyzed data from EU-wide surveillance networks from 2019-2021. The total AMC in food-producing animals decreased by 44% between 2014 and 2021, while in humans, it remained stable. Positive associations were observed […]


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