AMR action “not enough” says EU Health & Food Safety Commissioner

Antimicrobial resistance (ARM) remains high in the EU according to a new report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Stating that bacteria found in humans, animals and food continues to show resistance to widely used antimicrobials, the report drew an immediate call for action from the EU’s Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis.

While commenting that substantial efforts had already been made to stop the rise of AMR, the Commissioner said that the work done so far was “not enough”.

“We must be quicker, stronger and act on several fronts,” he added. “This is why the Commission will launch a new Action Plan this summer that will give a new framework for future coordinated actions to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance.”

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