FAO releases publication on reducing antimicrobials in animals 

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on July 20 released a new publication intended to facilitate the use of practices in nutrition that reduce the need for antimicrobials in animal production. 

The document titled Animal nutrition strategies and options to reduce the use of antimicrobials in animal production addresses a variety of topics, including:
Dietary strategies to reduce the risk of enteric health problems.
Host defense mechanisms that can be influenced and supported by animal nutrition.
Optimizing diet formulation and feed and water management.
Critical transition periods for swine, poultry and ruminants during which antibiotic use may be highest.

As part of its mandate of achieving food and nutrition security, FAO addresses animal feed and feed safety as: 1) a prerequisite for food safety and human health; 2) a necessity for animal health and welfare; and 3) a component of access to trade, income generation and economic sustainability of the feed and livestock sectors. FAO’s work on feed safety includes developing practices and guidance, and facilitating dialogues and partnerships among stakeholders in the feed and food sectors. Other FAO resources related to animal feed may be accessed at FAO’s Global Feed Safety Platform