Antimicrobial Stewardship Framework

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Infection prevention and control measures, along with the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and its use, are key objectives to maintain the health and safety in the chicken meat industry. As such, in 2016, the Antimicrobial Stewardship was established to ensure individual companies create a proactive approach to future production and development in an effort to reduce antimicrobial resistance within the Australian chicken meat industry. In 2018, an independent validation of these programs will be undertaken in order to develop a method of assessing the implementation of the key elements, develop a verification program for company audits, and to complete a pilot verification methodology for individual companies.

The outcomes of this research will benefit all employees within the Australian chicken meat industry, improve the health and welfare of the animals involved and, most importantly, this research will ensure the safety and biosecurity of the general public, in the present and in the future.

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