Monday, 20 December 2010

Antibiotic resistances in the food chain

This is the risk assessment unit of the Federal German agricultural ministry reporting.

The days of Britain's veterinary industry earning a fortune by over prescribing antibiotics and, with government veterinary collusion, covering up the resulting animal and human health disasters are numbered.

Britain's veterinarians are going to have to explain their conduct over the past decade on an international stage.

That's if they escape the wrath of the people of Britain, who might well yet get there first.

"You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time."

German report here

18/2010, 13.12.2010

Antibiotic resistances in the food chain

BfR publishes two reports on the resistance situation for different groups of bacteria

The National Reference Laboratories for Salmonella and Antibiotic Resistance at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) tested Salmonella isolates from diagnostic submissions for antibiotics resistance and assessed them according to epidemiological criteria between 2000 and 2008.

The isolates originated mainly from animals and foods but also from feeds and the environment.

Of the 33,625 isolates, 48% were resistant to at least one and 35% even resistant to more than one class of antibiotics.

For the isolates from livestock and foods the resistance is significantly higher.

A second, representative study carried out in 2009 confirms the results for Salmonella and reaches similar results also for Escherichia coli and Campylobacter.

"Resistances to pathogens in animals and foods are a serious problem in consumer health protection," said BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. Infections with resistant pathogens can prolong or aggravate the course of diseases in humans. They can require hospital treatment and may even become life threatening in certain cases...

Report continues here