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Food Safety: Norway's prudent use of antimicrobials serves as example




Norway has implemented a broad range of measures to avoid antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in veterinary medicine. Therefore, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and the European Commission have carried out a joint fact finding mission to identify good practices that can be helpful to other European countries.

Food-SafetyThe joint mission was carried out between 27 February and 8 March 2017. Overall, the mission report concludes that a broad range of comprehensive measures are in place in Norway to avoid the development of antimicrobial resistance. A high level of cooperation and coordination in Norway between authorities and stakeholders, underpinned by strong political support, enable the good results.

Norway has consistently reported some of the lowest sales of veterinary antimicrobials – such as antibiotics – of the countries providing data to the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) project. Likewise, the levels of AMR detected in bacteria from human and animal populations have been relatively low compared to other European countries. This favourable situation can mainly be attributed to longstanding and comprehensive initiatives taken under successive national strategies.

Key factors contributing to the situation in Norway include promotion of nationwide and farm-level biosecurity and vaccination programmes, the de-coupling of the prescribing and sales of veterinary medicinal products and a policy of culling animals with recurring, chronic conditions.

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Ms. Anne Vestbakke
Head of Communications
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