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Food Safety: Monitoring and reporting of antimicrobial resistance satisfactory in Norway, but there is room for improvement



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The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) carried out an audit in Norway on monitoring and reporting of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in zoonotic and commensal bacteria in livestock and food.

Monitoring AMR in bacteria

Bacteria that persist in animals and can infect humans (zoonotic) and non-pathogenic gut bacteria (commensal) need to be monitored for AMR and reported in accordance with the European Economic Area (EEA) legislation.

Norway's system is generally compliant with the EEA requirements and ESA identified good practices, such as voluntary monitoring that goes beyond EEA requirements. ESA further noted awareness-raising initiatives as well as activities related to prevention and control of AMR.

Further improvements are however needed to ensure the effective implementation of the monitoring program for AMR, in particular in relation to representativeness of samples, the national reference laboratory's coordination role and the official laboratories' work.

The report includes a number of recommendations addressed to Norway aimed at rectifying the identified shortcomings and enhancing the system in place. The report can be accessed here.

For further information, please contact:

Øystein Solvang
Head of Communications
tel. +32 2 286 18 66
mob. +32 490 57 63 53

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