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How to use antimicrobials effectively and responsibly in plant production, for the sake of human and plant health

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Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Prudent, rational, and targeted use of antimicrobials in plant production maximizes their therapeutic efficacy while reducing the risk of development of resistance and environmental contamination improving food safety. Here the FAO presents the four principles of effective and responsible use of antimicrobials in plant production namely; i) reduce the need for antimicrobials; ii) manage plant disease with minimal antimicrobials; iii) follow antimicrobial use directions carefully; and iv) dispose unused/expired antimicrobials and containers safely.

This document was developed through a One Health collaborative approach between the Food Systems and Food Safety Division (ESF) and the Plant Production and Protection Division (NSP) and is anchored within the framework of FAO’s Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan (2021-2025).