|New FAO project on the implementation of Codex standards to support containment and reduction of foodborne antimicrobial resistance. |
This project, led by the Joint FAO/WHO Centre (Codex Food Standards and Zoonotic Diseases) and the FAO Food Systems and Food Safety Division, and focusing on the implementation of AMR Codex Texts (ACT) marks a timely and targeted intervention in the global efforts to tackle AMR. Developed by the Ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance and adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in December 2021, the revised Code of Practice to Minimize and Contain Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistance (CXC 61-2005) and the new Guidelines for the Monitoring and Surveillance of Foodborne AMR (CXG 94-2021), together with the Guidelines for Risk Analysis of Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistance (CXG 77-2011), provide countries with a framework to build effective national systems to minimize and contain the risk of foodborne AMR.
At the inception zoom session to interact with experts from different parts of the world, Sarah Cahill – Food Safety Officer – FAO, wrote:
“Some interesting work has been undertaken on social-technical interventions to reduce AMR in agriculture with a particular focus on poultry and you can read more about this in recent peer reviewed publication based on the work of another FAO project https://www.fao.org/antimicrobial-resistance/resources/papers-in-scientific-journals/en/
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The Canadian representative at the session also commented:
“Managing data related to AMU and AMR and analyzing the two is a big task. Several AMU/AMR initiatives in Canada, has shown that from a livestock industry perspective, there is need to do a better job of collecting AMU datasets at the animal level. Traceability system must create functionality that is capable of collating individual animal treatments through their lifecycle, farm level use and industry level data. It is a daunting task but achievable”
The food processing industry plays a crucial role in transforming raw agricultural products into a wide array of processed foods available for consumption. This industry