Animal welfare

Animal welfare

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.


What is antibiotic resistance and how does it spread? (Infographic)

01 December 2016

How does resitant bacteria spread? Our infographic gives you the breakdown on antibiotic resistance.


Fields of innovation: How technology ensures farm animal health and welfare in food production

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...


Antimicrobial Resistance (Q&A)

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...


Antimicrobial resistance: a shared responsibility

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.


EFSA and ECDC publish new European Union summary report on antimicrobial resistance

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.



EFSA and ECDC release the 2011 European Union summary report on zoonoses and foodborne outbreaks

14 May 2013

The 2011 European Union summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses and foodborne outbreaks has recently been published by the...


Ensuring the safety of meat from vaccinated animals in Europe

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...


EFSA and ECDC release new European Union summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses

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...


The potential impact of animal diseases on food safety

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...


An update on BSE

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.