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Danish focus on animal health and food safety

Danish farmers produces approximately 30 million pigs
a year and exports live animals, meat and genetic material all over the world.

The Danish authorities, farmers and food industry have
a long tradition for working together to eliminate animal diseases and provide
high food safety in Danish products. This has been a high priority for the
Danish Government in many years.


The national legislation are restrictive to minimize
the use of veterinary medicine products (VMP) in animals.  All sales of
VMP are registered in a database owned by The Danish Veterinary and Food
Administration and the data are used to monitor the VMP – especially use of
antimicrobials - at farm level and to support the initiatives on promoting a
low and prudent use of antibiotics in Denmark.

The use of antimicrobials in the Danish pig sector is
very low.

In the latest ESVAC report, Denmark has the lowest
consumption of antimicrobials per food producing animal among European
countries with a high number of food-producing animals.


It is a priority for the Danish Government to promote
a low and prudent use of antimicrobials and thereby helping to reduce the
antimicrobial resistance in Europe and the rest of the World.


Almost 10 years ago, MRSA CC398 (the special
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus type from pigs also named livestock
associated MRSA) was detected in Denmark and many other countries around the
world with intensive livestock production.

Based on recommendations from an interdisciplinary
expert group the Minister of Food and Environment launched a national action
plan for the control of livestock associated MRSA in 2015.


More information on livestock associated MRSA can be
found on the DVFA website.

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