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EFSA Panel: Antimicrobial Agents Do Not Increase Bacterial Tolerance or Antimicrobial Resistance

Friday, April 4, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Panel on Biological Hazards of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that antimicrobial agents chlorine dioxide, acidified sodium chlorite, trisodium phosphate and peroxyacides, used to decontaminate poultry carcasses, will lead to increased bacterial tolerance to these substances or to increased resistance to therapeutic antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents.

The EFSA Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) noted that there was some evidence indicating bacterial tolerance to other antimicrobial substances or biocides which were not subject of this opinion. However, these data were either based on laboratory experiments which do not always mirror real-life situations or resulted from the improper use of biocides.

To view this opinion, click here: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1178697425124.htm

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