Date 02.28.2019 | Category: News
The International Dairy Federation (IDF) was asked to join the newly launched Horizon 2020 consortium called DISARM, which promotes responsible use of antibiotics in livestock farming by actively identifying, sharing and disseminating best practices. IDF was invited to join this European consortium for its global expertise and its commitment to tackling antimicrobial resistance in the dairy sector to ensure animal and public health, as well as food safety.
The project will provide an opportunity for IDF members in Europe to test best practices; these can be used as learning tools for responsible use of antimicrobials agents in cattle on a global scale.
“The dairy sector has been making great progress towards reducing antimicrobial usage over the past decade, demonstrating that the responsible use of antimicrobials is possible,” said Caroline Emond Director General of IDF. “The dissemination of best practices and the implementation of preventive actions at herd level will help minimize the need for antimicrobial use. Lessons learned from these measures in Europe, which are mostly involved in fostering cattle health through good farm and animal management practices, could be replicated on a global scale.”
Dr María Sánchez Mainar, IDF’s Sustainability Manager, who coordinates the Animal Health and Welfare, Farm Management and Antimicrobial Resistance programme, is leading IDF’s efforts on the project.
"Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” said Dr Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general at WHO.
Source: IDFAuthor: Sossna