Retailers, manufacturers, processors and food service companies have come together to promote and support responsible antimicrobial use and action on antimicrobial resistance. This initiative supports and engages with the broad range of groups working in this area with the aim of ensuring that work is aligned and duplication of effort is avoided.
By working together we are able to harness our collective power to influence activity and support best practice. We are working together with key actors in our supply chains to identify and implement a joint strategy to help reduce antibiotic use and tackle antimicrobial resistance, without compromising welfare standards.
The initiative is led by a Strategic Steering Group and chaired by an independent chairperson, Professor Sarah O’Brien (Professor of Infection Epidemiology and Zoonoses at the University of Liverpool). The group is supported by three working groups that cover:
Responsible use of antibiotics at farm level
Agree a common set of principles that all businesses can commit to
Develop a joint industry set of responsible use commitments
Develop joint initiatives to support responsible use at farm level
Enable all retailers / manufacturers / processors to have access to antibiotic use data specific to our supply chains
Industry can publish consolidated figures that demonstrate reduction in use across our supply chains
Research and development – be a catalyst that drives:
Research that helps sectors tackle specific diseases and identifies alternatives to antibiotics
Focus on implementation science – e.g. facilitate trials at scale designed to reduce antibiotic use
Working closely with others to avoid duplication and add value – e.g. the RUMA Science Committee
The Working Groups include members from all sectors of the industry in addition to key government departments, NGOs, universities, trade association and research groups.