FSS to be part of UK-wide surveillance pilot scheme of foodborne pathogens and AMR surveillance

03 August 2021

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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is to be part of a UK-wide pilot scheme to adopt a One Health approach to the surveillance of foodborne pathogens and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The three-year programme aims to establish the infrastructure and sampling frameworks needed to monitor the source and spread of foodborne pathogens and AMR genes between the environment, animals, food, and human populations.

The programme brings together FSS, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and the Environment Agency, to test the application of genomic technologies in the surveillance of foodborne pathogens and AMR microbes in all four nations of the UK.

Source: FSS, 28 July 2021