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What is Antimicrobial Resistance?

Overview

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Importance of AMR

AMR occurs naturally over time, usually through genetic mutations. However, the rate of resistance development and spread has been accelerated by the misuse and overuse of antimicrobial agents. The development of resistance to existing antimicrobial agents is increasing at a faster rate than the development of new antimicrobial agents. Therefore, there is a dwindling availability of effective antimicrobials, which are important to protect human health, as well as animal health and welfare.

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Singapore's Response to AMR

Singapore recognises that combatting the threat against AMR involves a One Health approach, and requires a coordinated effort involving the animal, human, food, and environment sectors. In 2017, the Ministry of Health (MOH), National Environment Agency (NEA), Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) and Public Utilities Board (PUB) developed and launched the National Strategic Action Plan on AMR.

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SFA's Efforts to Combat AMR

SFA has in place a food safety system based on science and risk analysis. All food products (both imported and locally produced) are required to comply with our food safety standards and requirements.

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What can I Do?

The assurance of food safety does not rest with the government alone. Food can be contaminated anywhere along the food chain. While SFA continues to be vigilant and works to ensure that regulatory measures are in place and properly enforced, we need the food industry and consumers to play their part too. To this end, we have been encouraging the industry to adopt in-house food safety assurance programmes and spreading the food safety message to our consumers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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