Under the joint sponsorship of Veterinary Bureau of MOA and Delegation of the EU to China, the China-EU Seminar on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Veterinary and Food Sector opened in Beijing on March 7, 2013. Experts of the two sides conducted deep-going communications on a variety of subjects, ranging from relevant legal framework, administration status and technological measures, to global actions by international organizations in response to antimicrobial resistance in veterinary and food sector. Huang Weizhong, Deputy Director-General of Veterinary Bureau of MOA, and Jerome Lepeintre, First Counselor for Health and Consumer Affairs of the EU Delegation attended and addressed the Seminar.
China is a big country in terms of animal husbandry scale and human population, resulting in an enormous consumption of animal products, and extreme complication in antimicrobial use regulation and management. With continuous efforts of veterinary authorities at all levels in implementing supervision programs on zoonotic bacterial resistance, China has made remarkable progresses in promoting animal husbandry development, safeguarding animal-origin food safety and protecting people’s physical health. On the other hand, the EU has achieved advanced expertise and experience in antimicrobial use and regulation. Given such a background, the Seminar was held in order to provide a platform for institutions and professionals engaged in veterinary antimicrobial research, supervision and risk assessment, and to enhance mutual understanding, communication and cooperation between China and the EU.
In this regard, the Seminar explored a new field of practical veterinary cooperation, in addition to the on-going joint endeavor of the two sides in preventing and controlling major animal epidemics, and managing veterinary lab operation.
Friday March 8, 2013/ MOA/ China.