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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2022

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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week is running from 18 to 24 November.

This year's theme is Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together

The international initiative seeks to increase awareness of the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines. 

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a threat to humans, animals, plants and the environment. It affects us all. That is why a cross-sectoral collaboration, or 'One Health' approach, is needed to tackle AMR. 

Multiple factors have increased the threat of antimicrobial resistance worldwide, including the incorrect use of medicines in humans, animals, and agriculture. This makes tackling AMR a shared responsibility. You can find out more information about AMR and Australia's response at the Australian Government AMR website and the FSANZ AMR page

Food safety and AMR

Practicing good food safety can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and help limit the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Microorganisms, both good and bad, are everywhere. This means that the bacteria out there that are antibiotic resistant can spread through the interaction and movement of humans, animals, food, and the environment and everyone can play a role to slow them down.

​The Australian food supply is one of the safest in the world, but people can still get foodborne illnesses by eating contaminated foods. Foodborne illness can be caused by bacteria and in some cases they may also be antibiotic resistant. This means that the same steps we take to reduce the chances of foodborne illness and keep food safe can also help to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Food safety for food businesses ​

​What you can do:

Food safety for consumers

What you can do:

Check out our Food Safety Basics​ page to find out how you can reduce your chances of foodborne illness and at the same time help to reduce the spread of drug resistant microbes.

You can watch a video about what AMR is here.

​​You can also learn more about AMR from the World Health Organization and the World Organisation for Animal Health.​


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