Humans rely on animal farming for major components of our food supply such as meat, fish and dairy. Healthy animals are critical to food safety as they reduce the risks of transmission of infectious animal diseases to humans. Production losses related to animal diseases can also have significant negative environmental and economic impacts. Ensuring the health and welfare of food-producing animals encompasses a wide range of livestock management practices ranging from humane handling, housing and slaughter conditions, to disease control through vaccination, responsible antibiotic use, and other technological innovations.
01 December 2016
How does resitant bacteria spread? Our infographic gives you the breakdown on antibiotic resistance.
26 August 2015
Livestock farmers have the difficult task of raising animals to produce safe food for a growing global population. In addition, consumers are increasingly demanding...
03 March 2015
An antimicrobial is the general term used for any drug that works to cure infections caused by microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites...
16 October 2013
The emergence and spread of microbes that are resistant to affordable “first-line” medicines is an inevitable result of their continued, and sometimes indiscriminate, use in humans and animals.
25 June 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) recently released the 2010 European Union (EU) Summary Report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food.This article focuses on the findings for two zoonotic bacteria, Campylobacter and Salmonella.
14 May 2013
The 2011 European Union summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses and foodborne outbreaks has recently been published by the...
02 January 2013
Vaccination of animals used for food has been performed for centuries. Today it may be carried out for several different reasons, not just to prevent disease...
05 February 2012
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) recently released its latest report on trends and sources...
01 January 2006
Public concerns over food safety are heightened during outbreaks of any disease in food-producing animals. Some of these diseases, however, have few or no implications...
01 September 2002
Good nutrition and food safety communication involves science-based information that is presented in context in a non-alarmist manner. One area where this has not always been the case is Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE.