Foodborne bacterial infections are becoming harder to treat, according to a report on antimicrobial resistance from EFSA and ECDC.

Salmonella and Campylobacter are increasingly resistant to ciprofloxacin, one of the main antibiotics for treating infections they cause, said the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Data from humans, animals and food show a large proportion of Salmonella bacteria are multidrug-resistant, which means they are resistant to three or more antimicrobials. In 2017 and 2018, data on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria was provided by 28 member states and analyzed by EFSA and ECDC
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There has been a decline of antimicrobial-resistant E. coli but not Campylobacter in chicken based on surveys by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Two annual surveys tested fresh chicken sold in the United Kingdom, with one looking at certain antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) E. coli, and the other at AMR Campylobacter. Results are from 2017 to 2018. A previous study looked at beef and pork.

Use of antibiotics is important in treating infections and preventing disease in animals and humans. However, the overuse or misuse of antimicrobials in animal husbandry and healthcare settings has been linked to emergence and spread of
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A report giving an overview of antimicrobial use and resistance in Denmark has been published by Statens Serum Institute and the National Food Institute.

The Danish Integrated Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring and Research Program (DANMAP) monitors the use of antimicrobials in humans and animals in Denmark, and the occurrence of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in animals, people, and foods.

The annual report summarizes results of susceptibility testing of isolates from hospitals, general and veterinary practice, food industry laboratories and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

Pig, cattle and poultry sector

There has been a decreasing trend in the use of antimicrobials in animals
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On Tuesday night, PBS aired FRONTLINE’s two-part documentary exploring the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance. The first half of “The Trouble with Antibiotics” focused on the science and politics behind the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals, presenting the history of the practice and attempts to link human illnesses back to animal antibiotics. Highlighted research included the proximity of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cases to crop fields covered with pig manure, evidence that use of antibiotics that are not so important to human medicine (such as tetracyclines) may expand bacteria’s resistance to critically important ones such as cephalosporins, and
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From what I have been reading lately, it appears to me that the next big fight over agriculture’s ability to provide consumers with plentiful, safe and affordable meat and poultry products will focus on the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. And it also appears to me that the information being provided through media outlets is not designed to inform, but to misinform and play on the public’s lack of detailed knowledge about the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. And it also appears to me that the main thrust of the attack will be eliminating
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Mounting scientific evidence shows that animal antibiotics are contributing to a rise in drug-resistant bacterial diseases among humans. But a new study out of Poland has found high levels of these antibiotic-proof pathogens in the natural environment as well. And yet again, animal antibiotics seem to be the culprit. 

Researchers at the University of Warsaw tested soil samples from farmland, vegetable gardens, composted soil and forest soil, finding the greatest diversity  of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in vegetable garden and fruit orchard soils, both of which had been treated with manure. 

This manure came from antibiotic-fed animals, suggesting that these drugs probably

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Scientists in the European Union have found that a high proportion of Campylobacter in humans is resistant to ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic critically important for the treatment of human diseases.

That is a key finding of a report released jointly last week by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) based on 2009 data submitted by 25 EU member states, Norway and Switzerland.

This first EU report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria affecting humans, animals and food will be used by the European Commission in developing new proposals to fight antimicrobial

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