Report highlights antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens

| May 24, 2013

A joint report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) shows high levels of resistance to antimicrobial drugs in Campylobacter and Salmonella, the two main causes of foodborne disease in Europe.

The report is based on data collected by EU member states in 2011 and shows that a high proportion of Campylobacter isolates from humans, animals and food were resistant to the critically important antimicrobial ciprofloxacin. However resistance to another important antibiotic – erythromycin – was low, as was co-resistance to important antimicrobial drugs.

Similar findings are reported for Salmonella, with isolates from poultry most likely to be resistant to ciprofloxacin. Fortunately, as with Campylobacter, levels of co-resistance in Salmonella were low, so that treatment options are still available for severe infections.

The report can be found here.

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