ECOPHAGE: Combating Antimicrobial Resistance Using Bacteriophages for Eco-Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Pilar García, Rafael Tabla, Hany Anany, Roberto Bastias, Lone Brøndsted, Susana Casado, Pablo Cifuentes, John Deaton, Thomas G. Denes, Mohammad Aminul Islam, Rob Lavigne, Andrea I. Moreno-Switt, Natsuko Nakayama, Cristina Muñoz Madero, Alexander Sulakvelidze, Antonet M. Svircev, Jeroen Wagemans, Elena G. Biosca, Dácil Rivera

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Abstract

The focus of this meeting was to discuss the suitability of using bacteriophages as alternative antimicrobials in the agrifood sector. Following a One Health approach, the workshop explored the possibilities of implementing phage application strategies in the agriculture, animal husbandry, aquaculture, and food production sectors. Therefore, the meeting had gathered phage researchers, representatives of the agrifood industry, and policymakers to debate the advantages and potential shortcomings of using bacteriophages as alternatives to traditional antimicrobials and chemical pesticides. Industry delegates showed the latest objectives and demands from consumers. Representatives of regulatory agencies (European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS)) presented an update of new regulatory aspects that will impact and support the approval and implementation of phage application strategies across the different sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2224
JournalViruses
Volume15
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2023

Keywords

  • One Health
  • agrifood chain
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • bacteriophages
  • sustainability

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