Food safety

Antimicrobial resistance in the food chain


Antimicrobial agents are essential drugs for protecting human and animal health. However, the continuing emergence, development and spread of pathogenic organisms that are resistant to antimicrobials constitute an increasing global concern.

WHO develops and promotes guidelines to minimize the public health impact of antimicrobial resistance associated with the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. WHO also provides technical support in the monitoring of antimicrobial use.