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Weekly Overview: US Reveals Plan to Combat, Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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ANALYSIS - In this week's news, the US National Action Plan for Combatting Antibiotic Bacteria has set out two main targets that will help the country tackle antibiotic resistance over the next five years.

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Smarter and judicious use of antibiotics and a “One-Health” approach to disease surveillance are the two main targets which will help to slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and improve detection and control of antibiotic resistance.

Over the next year, the US is expected to double the amount of funding for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance to more than $1.2 billion.

However, the new plan has been met with sharp criticism from campaigning congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

"Once again, the administration has fallen woefully short of taking meaningful action to curb the overuse of antibiotics in healthy food animals," said Ms Slaughter.

“With 80 per cent of the antibiotics produced in the US being used in agriculture mostly for prevention, any meaningful solution to the looming antibiotic resistance crisis must begin with limits on the farm - and trusting a voluntary policy that lets industry police itself will not bring about real change."

Penver Products Ltd. has become the first group in India to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status for shrimp or any species, from the Global Aquaculture Alliance, in conjunction with National Fish & Seafood (NFS).

Four-star BAP status denotes that the processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills from which a group sources are BAP certified. It’s the highest such achievement in the BAP programme.

BAP status was achieved when Avanti Feeds Limited’s feed mill recently earned BAP certification. Also certified are Ocean Edibles International Ltd. processing plant, which is leased to Penver Products; its shrimp farm, which consists of one five-farm IOM (integrated operating module); and BMR Industries Pvt. Ltd.’s shrimp hatchery.

In fisheries news, an international tribunal has ruled that countries can be held liable for not taking necessary measures to prevent illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) fishing operations by their vessels in the waters of other countries.

The ruling is included in an Advisory Opinion issued by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the application of the West African Sub Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC).

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