Antimicrobial stewardship verification in the Australian chicken meat industry

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The development of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs is one of the major initiatives that can safeguard currently registered antimicrobial agents into the future. In 2017, AgriFutures funded the development and implementation of AMS programs in Australian chicken meat companies. The current project was undertaken to independently verify the existence and maturity of the AMS program developed and maintained by the six companies that produce 90% of Australian chicken meat. Antimicrobial use is historically low in the Australian chicken meat industry, which was evident in the current antimicrobial use practices of each organisation.

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