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EFSA opinion on the use of some antimicrobials in food producing animals
EFSA opinion on the use of some antimicrobials in food producing animals


The BIOHAZ Panel evaluated the risks to public health of bacterial
strains producing two types of enzymes: extended-spectrum
beta-lactamases (ESBL) and AmpC beta-lactamases (AmpC).


ESBL and AmpC inactivate the effects of antimicrobials such as penicillins and cephalosporins, which are defined as critically important antimicrobials for both human and veterinary medicine.
Since 2000, ESBL/AmpC-producing Salmonella and E. coli in animals and foods have been increasingly reported both in  Europe and globally. Read the full report