Evaluation and optimisation of surveillance programmes for antimicrobial resistance and drug use

Project Details


The overall objective of the project is to provide a quantitative risk assessment of the relationship between consumption of antimicrobials in food animals and the occurrence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in animals and foods including their potential adverse health effects in humans.

The assessment is expected to provide the scientific basis for future recommendations, partly in order to optimize the existing surveillance for antibiotic resistance (DANMAP), and partly in order to develop guidelines regarding antimicrobial consumption and management of specific risk factors in the primary production.

The project focuses on the development of resistance to antimicrobial (cephalosporins, macrolides and quinolones), which is critically important for human therapy, for example, persons having a foodborne infection with Salmonella or Campylobacter.

The project is a pilot study of transfer of resistance determinants through the food-production chain.
Effective start/end date01/10/200831/10/2011


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