Foodborne Disease Surveillance

WHO consultation on global principles for the containment of antimicrobial resistance in animals intended for food, Geneva, Switzerland 5-9 June 2000

WHO Consultation on Global Principles for the Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals Intended for Food was held from 5 to 9 June 2000 in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO, FAO, OIE and 14 other governmental and non-governmental international organizations, federations and associations participated in the meeting. The meeting was focused on the public and human health aspects of antimicrobial use in animals intended for food while recognizing the ongoing need for antimicrobial treatment of diseased animals.

The Global Principles were adopted consensually by participants and representatives of attending organizations and federations after a long and at times vigorous discussion. The WHO Consultation was characterized by the genuine desire among all participants to develop a set of recommendations which can be used by WHO Member States in their endeavors to minimize the public and human health risks from misuse of antimicrobials in animals intended for food.