The International Poultry Council has committed to taking a collaborative approach to minimise the development of antimicrobial resistance. According to a new position statement on Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Stewardship Principles agreed at IPC’s conference in Cartagena, Colombia, IPC members will be taking the lead in tackling AMR by advancing a sustainable ‘one health’ approach as set out by the UN High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance in September last year.

The IPC will be working closely with the global poultry sector, national governments and non-governmental organisations to help shape public policy to address antimicrobial resistance. As a member of the IPC, the British Poultry Council (BPC) has welcomed the global commitment to tackling AMR in the poultry meat production chain.

BPC Chief Executive, Richard Griffiths, said: “We are delighted to be part of a global effort on such an important subject. It’s great to see that the poultry meat sector from around the world has committed to understanding and controlling why and when we use antimicrobials, which antimicrobials we use, how much, and transparently communicating our actions.”

He added, “The poultry supply chain globally has a responsibility to ensure that it minimises the industry’s potential contribution to the development of antimicrobial resistance and we are looking forward to working with the IPC and other global players to address the need to use all antimicrobials responsibly.”

Read BPC Chief Executive Richard Griffith’s blog on the IPC Conference.