Farmer input sought for major antimicrobial resistance event

Farmers and vets from across Europe have been invited to take part in a major international conference on the “significant global animal and human health threat” posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The high profile event is backed by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council, the European Commission (EC) and FESASS, the European animal health & food safety federation, with invitations being issued to farmers, veterinarian representatives, public authorities, scientists and stakeholders.

Due to be held in Brussels on October 23, the day’s programme will be launched by EU commissioner for health & food safety, Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis, followed by contributions from all the sponsoring bodies.

“AMR is a significant global animal and human health threat,” said the organisers, adding that the EU, European Institutions and all member states were leading public action to “reduce this threat”.

“Collectively and individually farmers and veterinarians, fully aware of the risks, work together toward the same goal, developing specific programmes, often in partnership with public authorities. It is essential to learn from these concrete actions.

“This international conference will provide a valuable exchange platform on the progress made in relation to the EC’s 5-year action plan on AMR and will seek to promote effective partnerships.”

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