EFSA adopts opinion on antibiotic resistant bacteria

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, August 08, 2008

EFSA’s Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) has adopted an opinion on the role of food consumption and processing in human exposure to antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria.

The opinion, “Foodborne antimicrobial resistance as a biological hazard”, says that the general principles on the prevention and control of the transmission of harmful bacteria to humans through food will contribute to prevent the transmission of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria by this route. These principles include the sustained practice of improved hygiene at all stages of the food chain.

The BIOHAZ Panel had launched a public consultation on this opinion and a call for additional scientific data last April. Comments were received from Member States’ food safety authorities, European Community agencies, associations representing sectors of the European food industry, food manufacturers and individuals. The BIOHAZ Panel took into consideration all the received comments and modified the draft opinion where appropriate.