European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), February 2017
EFSA Journal 2017;15(2):4694
212 pp. 22.5 MB(!)
Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an alarming threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned. Drug resistance is driven by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, which encourages bacteria to evolve to survive and develop new ways of beating the medicines. The report highlighted that in Salmonella bacteria – which can cause the common and serious food-borne infection Salmonellosis – multi-drug resistance is high across the EU. In countries where actions have been taken to reduce, replace and re-think the use of antimicrobials in animals show lower levels of antimicrobial resistance and decreasing trends.