AMR

02 Sep: AMR threat in human food chain

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

There is a relatively unknown threat in the global food chain in the form of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Each year 33,000 people in the European Union die due to infections caused by resistant bacteria – this is more than the impact of influenza, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined. 

AMR occurs because microbes such as fungi, viruses, parasites and bacteria develop resistance to one or more antimicrobial drugs and thus are able to survive and thrive. As a result of worrying trends in the global increase of AMR, world leaders and experts are …