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Report Examines Incidence of MRSA in Livestock

18 June 2009

EU - ECDC, EFSA and EMEA have released a joint scientific report on the meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in livestock, companion animals and food.

Following concerns on the increase of MRSA in livestock and companion animals, the EFSA, with its Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ), and the EMEA, with its Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP), independently decided to undertake self-tasking mandates and to produce scientific reports to address the issue. ECDC was represented in this exercise through membership of the EFSA/BIOHAZ expert working group.

Shortly after the start of the work on the respective self-tasking mandates, the European Commission (DG SANCO) formally requested from ECDC, EFSA and EMEA a close collaboration to summarise the main outcomes of the independent assessments. From that point, the three Agencies have worked in close collaboration, and in a coordinated fashion, for the preparation of the independent reports, and have actively worked together in the integration of the major conclusions and recommendations in the summary paper presented here.

The ECDC opinion is not presented as a separate document, but has been integrated in the EFSA/BIOHAZ opinion. During the preparation of the paper the agencies carefully took into account their terms of reference to avoid addressing areas that are not within their remit.

For detailed information on the content of the scientific reports further reference should be made to each individual document. The EFSA document is based on the Opinion of its BIOHAZ Panel, which includes input from ECDC. The EMEA/CVMP document is based on the proposal of its Scientific Advisory Group on Antimicrobials (SAGAM).

The information provided below represents the overall conclusions and recommendations from the previously mentioned reports The EFSA/BIOHAZ conclusions and recommendations reflect the focus of the Authority on Risk Assessment, whilst the EMEA/CVMP conclusions and remarks reflect the Agencies’ role in Risk Assessment and Risk Management. The joint publication of this summary does not imply formal adoption/endorsement of the conclusions and recommendations outside the remit of each independent agency.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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