New EU antibiotic resistance project

The EFFORT (Ecology from Farm to Fork Of microbial drug Resistance and Transmission) project will investigate the epidemiology and ecology of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food-producing animals, the (farm) environment, and food of animal origin as well as companion animals and wildlife to quantify the exposure of humans to AMR through these different exposure pathways.

Studies on transmission to humans will be established for some high-risk occupationally exposed populations. The novel understanding will be used to develop and evaluate intervention strategies aimed at managing the public health and animal health risks related to antimicrobial resistance. The project team will also look into the economic impact and animal welfare aspects of antimicrobial resistance in the food chain.