Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group meeting 16 June 2015

Last updated:
21 October 2015
Summary of the 8th meeting of the Group

The prevalence of ESBL E.coli in raw meats and fresh produce at retail sale in the UK

The group received a presentation from Public Health England (PHE) on the Department of Health (DH) study on extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) Escherichia coli: Quantifying ESBL-positive E. coli in retail raw meat & fresh produce in the UK. The above study (partly funded by the Food Standards Agency) is part of a 3 year multi-disciplinary project (Defining Reservoirs of ESBL-producing E.coli and the Threat Posed to Personal, Animal and Public Health in the UK) that originated as result of the outcome of the Joint Working Group of Defra AMR Coordination Group (DARC) and Advisory Committee on AMR and Healthcare Infection (ARHAI) report: ESBLs – A threat to human and animal health?

Members discussed and commented on the study’s preliminary analysis. The report is expected to be published in summer 2016.

Risk assessment on Livestock Associated Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in the food chain

The FSA presented the group its draft risk assessment on LA-MRSA in the food chain. Following discussion members identified a number of data gaps. A revised document will be considered by the group at its next meeting scheduled for 29 September 2015.

Environmental Pollution by AMR

Members received a presentation from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Cefas) on the outcome of a Government workshop on Environmental Reservoirs for Antimicrobial Resistance. It was noted that Cefas held a workshop in March 2014 to share the work that various agencies were doing in relation to AMR research, especially pertaining to the environment and to identify the key issues and identify gaps in knowledge. The main areas covered in the workshop were: surveillance, ecology, risks to animals and humans, and stewardship.