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Antimicrobial Resistance in the Farm-To-Plate Continuum: More Than a Food Safety Issue

Version 1 : Received: 20 February 2020 / Approved: 23 February 2020 / Online: 23 February 2020 (02:21:34 CET)

How to cite: Founou, L.L.; Founou, R.C.; Essack, S.Y. Antimicrobial Resistance in the Farm-To-Plate Continuum: More Than a Food Safety Issue. Preprints 2020, 2020020309 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0309.v1). Founou, L.L.; Founou, R.C.; Essack, S.Y. Antimicrobial Resistance in the Farm-To-Plate Continuum: More Than a Food Safety Issue. Preprints 2020, 2020020309 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0309.v1).

Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens to reverse the essential benefits of antibiotics not only in humans, where decades of advancements in healthcare outcomes are endangered but also in the food production industry. The emergence of AMR in the pre- and post-harvest systems presents a serious risk of contamination or infection directly by antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) and genes (ARGs) for farmers, agricultural practitioners, abattoir workers, food handlers and their associated contacts as well as consumers at the end of the food chain. Any breach in the food safety barrier leading to the emergence and spread of ARB and ARGs has severe multi-sectorial implications and threatens to reverse decades of human and animal health improvements globally. As the world moves towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), food safety is a critical element to improve and strengthen global health, security and ensure sustainable development. This paper presents the challenge of AMR through the lens of food safety, by highlighting its multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional implications not only the SDG on food safety but also on food security, public health, animal health and welfare, the environment and climate and socio-economic development.

Subject Areas

antimicrobial resistance; foodborne illness; food safety; food security; sustainable development

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