Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem that arises from the use of antimicrobials in both humans and animals. The use of antimicrobials in both humans and animals has come under intense scrutiny. Those involved in animal agriculture where medically important antimicrobials (Health Canada Classifications I, II, III) are used are developing strategies and programs to foster appropriate use of antimicrobials with a goal of retaining the effectiveness of antimicrobials for use in animals and humans.
The NFAHW Council has been active on the topic of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance (AMU/AMR), completing “Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use Initiatives in Humans and Animals in Canada” in 2012 , “Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance: Strategies for Animal Agriculture” in 2014, “Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals in Canada” in 2016, and most recently “Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals Progress on Recommendations and Stakeholder Activities” in 2019.
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