Antimicrobial resistance in the food chain
Antimicrobial resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and threatening the ability to treat common infectious diseases. World Health Organization (WHO) shares insights on how Antibiotic Resistance is important in Animal Health and how it develops from Farm-to-Fork.
How does the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals lead to antimicrobial resistance in humans?
The high volume of antibiotics in food-producing animals contributes to the development of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, particularly in settings of intensive animal production. In some countries, the total amount of antibiotics used in animals is 4 times larger than the amount used in humans. In many countries much of the antibiotics used in animals are for growth promotion and prevention of disease, not to treat sick animals.