New rules will help to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance to Canadians
OTTAWA, May 17, 2017 /CNW/- Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious and growing threat to public health, both in Canada and around the world. The Government of Canada is committed to taking action to fight
Changes to the Food and Drug Regulations include:
These changes complement other ongoing initiatives, such as collaborating with provincial and territorial health authorities, the pharmaceutical industry, veterinarians, food animal producers and other stakeholders to promote the prudent use of antimicrobial drugs in animals.
As antimicrobial-resistant bacteria may be transferred to humans from animals through the food chain and compromise the treatment of human infections, these regulatory initiatives are important steps in protecting the long-term health and well-being of all Canadians.
"Antimicrobial resistance is a serious issue both domestically and internationally. An increasing number of drugs are no longer effectively treating infections because of antimicrobial resistance, which means that human health is at risk. Changes to the Food and Drug Regulations introduced today will help protect Canadians from this growing global public health concern."
The Honourable Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
Canada Gazette, Part IIAntimicrobial resistance in animals
SOURCE Health Canada
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