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AMR in a food producing environment

Tackling antimicrobial resistance in food producing environments

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is major public health threat globally. The role of natural and food-producing environments in the emergence, selection, dissemination and ultimately transmission of AMR has received much less attention than the direct selection and transmission within and between humans and animals. However, the need to tackle the AMR problem within the One Health approach has been internationally acknowledged and is included in the EU AMR Action plans. Future changes in food production to comply with the EU Green Deal/Farm to Fork Strategy, climate change and other socioeconomic factors will have an impact on the role played by the food-producing environments on the emergence and transmission of AMR. There are large data gaps in the magnitude and direction of these effects. In this session, we aim to discuss the potential consequences that those changes could have on the emergence and spread of AMR through food-producing environments and how this could be considered for future AMR risk management. This will be achieved by: (1) providing a general overview on current AMR issues of public health relevance linked to the food-producing environment and how the EU Health-related agencies are supporting European efforts; (2) exploring how new agricultural practices and climate change may influence AMR linked to environmental sources in different food producing systems; (3) identifying areas/gaps needed to be addressed for better preparedness; (4) discussing possibilities to improve the sharing of data and expertise, breaking regulatory silos to ensure a more holistic One Health approach; and (5) making recommendations for future action.

Session Coordinator

Session coordinator
Beatriz Guerra (EFSA)

Session Contributors

Session contributors
Francesca Baldinelli (EFSA)
Barbara Freischem (EMA)
Matteo Innocenti (EFSA)
Zoltan Kunsagi (EMA)
Renata Leuschner (EFSA)
Ernesto Liébana (EFSA)
Dominique Monnet (ECDC)
Therese Westrell (ECDC)
Caroline Whalley (EEA)


Abstract Session Chairpersons
  • Barbara Freischem, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Beatriz Guerra, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Lieve Herman, Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO / EV ILVO)
  • Ernesto Liébana, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Dominique Monnet, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • Caroline Whalley, European Environment Agency (EEA)
Abstract Session Speakers
  • Robert Skov, Statens Serum Institute - OneΗealth AMR issues from a public health perspective
  • Luisa Peixe, University of Porto - AMR in food-producing environments
  • Amy Pruden, Virginia Tech - AMR and climate change
  • Christina Greko, Swedish National Veterinary Institute - Analysis of data on antimicrobial consumption and resistance: Jiacra-report
  • Despo Fatta-Kassinos, University of Cyprus - The need for reclaimed water reuse for irrigation: Current challenges & ongoing developments
  • Junxia Song, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - Future changes on agri-food systems and AMR
  • Rene S. Hendriksen, Technical University of Denmark - Surveillance of AMR in food producing environments
  • Domenico Deserio, European Commision - Regulation: AMR Requirements for microorganisms used as active substances in plant protection products
  • Stineke Van Houte, University of Exeter - CRISPR-Cas as a tool to fight AMR: challenges and future prospects
  • Werner Ruppitsch, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety - Research: "FED - AMR", the role of free extracellular DNA in dissemination of antimicrobial resistance over ecosystem boundaries along the food/feed chain (One Health EJP)
Abstract Session Moderators
  • Ernesto Liébana, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Abstract Session Panellists
  • Chairpersons and selected speakers
Abstract Session Rapporteurs
  • Matteo Innocenti, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Zoltan Kunsagi, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Renata Leuschner, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • John Threlfall, external