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EFSA evaluates risk of MRSA in food and animals
EFSA evaluates risk of MRSA in food and animals


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published an opinion on the public health significance of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in animals and food. The opinion had been delivered by the EFSA Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) with contribution from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and was adopted on 5 March.


The report concludes that while food may be contaminated by MRSA, there is currently no evidence that eating or handling contaminated food may lead to an increased risk of humans becoming healthy carriers or infected with this bacterium. It was also seen that persons in close contact with live animals (e.g. farmers, veterinarians) are at greater risk than the general population when the MRSA prevalence in food-producing animals is high. Report

In addition to the work done by EFSA and ECDC, the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has published a reflection paper on MRSA in food producing and companion animals in the EU: Epidemiology and control options for human and animal health (Link). Currently a paper summarising the MRSA findings by the three EU agencies is being produced and will be published later this year.