"Antimicrobials: handle with care" - the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

Juhani Vuorenmaa, R & D Director

The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week starts today and will be held on 18–24 November every year. It’s organized by FAO, WHO and the World Organization for Animal Health and have a slogan of this year “Antimicrobials: handle with care”. The aim of the week is to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.

In this context, the Finnish Food Authority “Ruokavirasto” emphasizes the importance of right diagnosis when antibiotics are used in veterinary medicine. Thorough inspection of the animals for assuring the right diagnosis is vital for evaluating the need for medication and for deciding the right drug.

The use of antibiotics in the Finnish animal production is low in the international comparison. The changes in management practices and feeding have had a remarkable effect on the need for antibiotic treatments. Hankkija started to develop solutions to support the gut health and productivity of animals in antibiotic free feeding already in the 1990’ies and we stopped the use of antibiotic growth promoters in 1999.

The innovative feed materials Progut® yeast hydrolysate and unique resin acid product Progres® are essential elements of our feeding concepts for poultry, pigs and cattle. The functions of these products on the immunity and intestinal integrity are partly explaining our success in the antibiotic free animal production. The increasing use of Progut® and Progres® by our international customers is steadily increasing their role in the reduction of antimicrobial resistance globally.

Have a look at our recent blogs related to the challenge of antimicrobial resistance:

Opens internal link in current windowSepsis, Pandemics and Antimicrobial resistance as Global Health Threats

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