EFSA Report on MRSA in breeding pigs
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
impacts public health and recently the MRSA clonal complex ST398 has been
reported in pigs and other animals. Several EU member states are carrying out
investigations to find out more.
The European Food Safety Authority asked the Task Force on Zoonoses Data
Collection to compile a report as to whether it is necessary to survey the
occurrence of MRSA in animals.
The Task Force recommends a common survey
at European Community level to understand and quantify the spread of MRSA in the
EU. In addition, such a survey would help identify whether there is a clonal
The Task Force proposes to combine such a survey to the forth coming
Salmonella baseline survey in breeding pigs. Fattening pigs, if present on
breeding farms, will be sampled to examines the transfer of MRSA within the
The report is available in The
EFSA Journal It describes the technical specifications for the MRSA survey
including the sampling techniques and analytical methods.
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