Antimicrobial Resistance: A Food Safety Concern - New Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB) released

6 July 2023 - The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) today released its latest Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB) on Antimicrobial Resistance: A Food Safety Concern from the global food science and technology community represented by more than 300,000 food scientists, technologists, engineers and related social scientists worldwide working with IUFoST. These bulletins (SIBs) provide scientifically-based information on key topics of interest for all sectors of society.

 “Antimicrobial agents transform and extend lives. They prevent death and disability from infection. They play a vital role in the welfare of animals, including food producing animals and companion animals. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has impacted on every day clinical practice for many years.  AMR makes it more difficult and more costly to prevent and treat infection.  These difficulties are increasing rapidly. AMR is recognized as a major global challenge for public health and for sustainability. We understand why AMR is happening. We understand what is required to respond.  It is clear that a “One Health approach is needed to deliver the sustained and coherent global action required. Reducing antimicrobial use and slowing the spread of AMR organisms in all sectors will mitigate AMR. New antimicrobial agents and new approaches to prevention and treatment of infection are required to adapt to AMR. The response to the challenge, to date, has been more effective in some countries than in others. Building the global consensus to act remains challenging, leading to the description of AMR as a “super-wicked problem”.

To read and download the Scientific Information Bulletin on Antimicrobial Resistance: A Food Safety Concern, click on this link in the IUFoST website here .