On May 7th the Minister of Health, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, came and spoke to Chicken Farmers of Canada’s (CFC) Directors about the important work that both the government and CFC are doing on antimicrobial resistance and use and resistance (AMR/AMU).
“I want you all to know that I greatly appreciate the work that the Chicken Farmers of Canada and your many members do with my departments to help address the threat of antimicrobial resistance among humans.”, said Minister Petitpas-Taylor.
The Minister went on to speak about the importance of CFC’s collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on the development of the Pan-Canadian Action Plan on AMR/AMU, which will build on the Framework that was released in 2017. Where the Framework was higher level (outlining strategic objectives, outcomes, and opportunities for action), the Action Plan aims to identify specific, concrete actions that governments and stakeholders can undertake within their sphere of responsibility to address AMR. CFC has been actively involved in the development and consultation process for this Action Plan, communicating about the significant efforts already underway in our sector to address AMR.
The Action Plan will be organized into four components:
- Infection prevention and control
- Research and innovation
These components are very closely aligned with the four key areas in CFC’s AMU strategy of reduction, surveillance, education, and research. The progress that we have made regarding AMR/AMU ensures that our sector is well-positioned:
“The work that chicken farmers are doing – be it on AMR, public education, care for animals and more – is having a broader impact. These important steps are not going unnoticed by Canadians. And they’re helping maintain strong public trust in Canadian agriculture. People continue to have confidence in the food they eat because of your members’ crucial efforts.” – Minister of Health
But we cannot rest on our laurels. The development of this Action Plan underscores the priority that government is giving to this file and sends a clear message to all human and animal health stakeholders that there is more work to be done. CFC has been at the forefront of this work for a number of years already and we will need to continue evolving and improving to maintain the trust of both government and consumers.
A draft of the Pan-Canadian Action Plan is set to be released this Spring for stakeholder consultation before the final document is published, which could be as early as the Fall.