AVA ramps up farm monitoring for resistant bacteria

December 7, 2017

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is ramping up its monitoring of resistant bacteria in locally raised livestock. AVA said it is expanding its surveillance to all animal production sectors. Besides the animals, their products, such as milk, will also be monitored. Currently, the agency’s surveillance focuses on food-borne pathogens, such as salmonella, in layer farms and ruminant farms. The move follows the launch of the National Strategic Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) by Senior Minister of State for Health, Lam Pin Min last month.