3rd Annual Food Safety Symposium
Date and Time
50 Stone Rd W
Brought to you by bioMérieux and the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety (CRIFS), University of Guelph
Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) in the Food Chain - It’s Hard to Resist!
Antibiotic resistance is becoming one of THE most important topics of discussion at the World Health Organization (WHO), and with many governments around the world. The use of large quantities of antimicrobials in agriculture, animal husbandry, veterinary applications and in human interventions has provided ideal conditions for bacteria to develop resistance to these drugs. What is most concerning is that bacteria can pass along this resistance to other bacterial species. In addition, among foodborne pathogens and commensals, there is an increasing and diverse range of resistance to antimicrobial agents of human and veterinary importance. Thus, any further spread of resistance among bacteria in foods is likely to increase human exposure and consequently the risks to public health. Thus, it is imperative that food production systems be designed to prevent the spread of resistant bacteria to consumers. Unfortunately, the search for new antimicrobials is getting increasingly more difficult. However, researchers are searching globally and trying to use cutting-edge technology to discover novel antimicrobials. Other researchers are looking into synthetic antimicrobials. Unfortunately, we may be looking at decades of work before these new drugs are available.
Now more than ever, it is essential to implement best practices and stewardship programs in the use of antimicrobial agents in our respective areas, as well as to try and understand as well as evaluate the impact these practices and programs may have on food safety.
With this 3rd Food Safety Symposium, we will be presenting a farm-to-fork overview of AMR in the food supply chain. Speakers from academia, government and industry will present their respective views on the state-of-the-art of AMR, and how we as a scientific community can best tackle this issue. As this topic touches upon so many areas, we also will be including a more clinical view of the AMR picture, and will discuss the potential outcomes that may result from any actions that are recommended.