Three non-governmental organisations have been awarded in Belgium, at a ceremony hosted by the University of Leuven, for outstanding contributions that have significantly reduced the threat of antimicrobial resistance to human health. Awarded first prize by Commissioner of Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, the BEUC (The European Consumer organisation) operated an antibiotic resistance campaign “From Farm to You”, while the second-placed Soil Association received €15,000 for their campaign to end the routine prophylactic mass-medication of farm animals. Speaking at the event, Commissioner Andriukaitis said that “averting this looming threat before it turns into a public health nightmare is my most pressing priority as Health Commissioner, and as a former doctor. I count on the continued help and commitment of organisations like BEUC.”
A number of experts will convene in Berlin to discuss current challenges in the European antimicrobial market during the Berlin Conference on Novel Antimicrobials. The 10th annual conference, hosted by the British Embassy in Berlin, will take place on February 24th and is designed to provide a deep insight to the antimicrobials market in Europe. Among the areas discussed will be exciting strategies from the European biotech and pharma sectors as well as treatments for the future. The conference will look at the market from both financial and clinical points of view, with alternative effective strategies to currently relied upon antibiotics being a central point of debate.
An AAFC research scientist has found that the anti-inflammatory effects of probiotics could improve the intestinal health of livestock. According to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada results, live microorganisms could be used to improve intestinal health, preventing gut-associated diseases in farm animals. Dr. Magdalena Kostrzynska of the Guelph Research and Development Centre found that combining dietary fibre from barley, oats, rye and soy and said that “probiotics could provide options developing natural alternatives to conventional antibiotics for livestock.” Results showed that probiotics consumed with fibre can re-populate the gut with beneficial microbiota, as well as reduce inflammation and restore the gut mucus lining.
NFU President Meurig Raymond has called on DEFRA secretary of state Andrea Leadsom to clarify the Government’s commitment to farming. He highlighted the right trade deals, access to competent workforce and a domestic agricultural policy that works for the country. Raymond said: “Over the next two years negotiations will take place which will have a massive impact on farming and Britain’s ability to have a thriving food production system. Brexit needs to be successful when we leave the EU.” He went on to emphasize the need to stabilize both the seasonal and permanent workforce in agriculture, and the importance of unrestricted access to the European market. Leadsom responded in great detail which can be found in the story attached.