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Animal Health Animal Health

Animal health is a key part of EFSA’s mandate. The concept of animal health covers not only animal diseases but also the critical relationship between animal welfare, animal health and food safety. EFSA is uniquely placed to take an integrated approach to animal health as its remit covers the safety of the whole food chain.

Antimicrobial Resistance Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobials are substances used to kill micro-organisms or to stop them growing and multiplying. They are commonly used to treat infectious diseases in human and veterinary medicine for instance in the form of antibiotics.

Food-borne diseases Food-borne diseases

Food-borne diseases are caused by pathogenic microbes such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites, or their toxins present in contaminated foods Many microbes of this sort are commonly found in the intestines of healthy food producing animals. The risks of contamination are present from farm to fork and need to be controlled in different ways.

New influenza A (H1N1)

EFSA is following the new influenza A virus outbreak (initially referred to as ‘swine flu’) first reported in humans in Mexico and in the USA and notified to the World Health Organization.

Q fever Q fever

Q fever is an infectious disease, caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii, which affects both animals and humans.