G20 farm ministers commit to global action on AMR

A commitment to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including the global phasing out the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in animals, was made by G20 agriculture ministers during their June 3 meeting in Xi’an, China.

The move was immediately welcomed by European farm commissioner, Phil Hogan, as a sign of “common commitment” to tackle the challenges of food security and sustainable agriculture at a world level.

EU commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis (pictured above), said the AMR commitment was “encouraging” and that it was good to see progress in cooperation on fighting the issue at international level, given the global nature of the challenge.

“The EU,” he added, “will continue contributing to broader collective actions, including promoting international awareness, methodologies, and surveillance systems, where the EU can act as a global leader.”

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