Argentina: Antimicrobial Resistance Control Program

Posted By: Selerant RSA

On December 2, 2015 the Argentinian National Service for Health and Food Quality (El Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria - Senasa) published the National Monitoring Program for antimicrobial resistance in animals intended for human consumption.

The new measures are covered by the Senasa Resoluciòn 591 that was published in the Official Gazette on November 24.

What is antimicrobial resistance?

Antimicrobial agents are essential tools used in treatments of various medical conditions in both humans and animals.

However, the wide overuse of these drugs has led to the emergence of many bacterial strains that have developed resistance to antimicrobial agents, causing heavy complications in human health and economic losses each year.

What is in Senasa’s program?

The new program introduced by Senasa will seek to determine and monitor the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance for different strains of zoonotic bacteria, assessing possible measures that could delay or prevent the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria. Aim is to minimize the risk for animal and public health.

National Agricultural Veterinary service of Senasa will be the implementing authority of the program while also establishing the Commission for monitoring antimicrobial resistance in animals intended for human consumption. The Commission will be responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation of the National Program destined for adoption and analysis of possible mitigation measures.

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