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International Fresenius Conference for the feed sector to discuss the reduction of antimicrobial resistance through “health-promoting” feed methods

Around half of the antibiotics used in Europe are administered to animals. This has resulted in a rising resistance of pathogens to antibiotics – one of the biggest and most urgent challenges currently facing the feed industry. The sixth international Feed Conference to be staged by Akademie Fresenius is entirely focussed on how animal nutrition can contribute to reducing antimicrobial resistance by concentrating on preventing animals from becoming ill and requiring antibiotic treatment. For their two-day conference on 20 and 21 March 2018, Akademie Fresenius has won the support of a panel of top-ranking representatives from the research sector, the industry, the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority EFSA. 

Representatives from Brussels will be providing the participants with an overview of the plans and efforts of the European Commission to contain antimicrobial resistance and will also be outlining feed additive measures and new approaches to new groups. In addition, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will be reporting on new developments in the risk assessment of feed additives and the revision of the guidance documents. This will be followed by a team of experts who will be talking about the opportunities and risks of integrating the guidance documents in Belgium, Denmark and Spain. Also on the agenda: Probiotics, Physiological basics and industrial developments. The following questions will be answered: What can we expect the pharmaceutical industry to come up with – and are there any new developments with respect to what microbiota can do for animal health? This will include innovative approaches to diarrhoea disorders, genetic influence as well as the challenges facing the organic livestock sector.


  • Poul Baekbo, SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre
  • Simon Cutting, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Jeroen Dewulf, University of Ghent 
  • Anton Einberger, European Feed Manufacturer’s Federation FEFAC
  • Jaume Galobart i Cots, European Food Safety Authority EFSA
  • Josef Kamphues, University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover (TiHo)
  • Manfred Kietzmann, University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover (TiHo)
  • Sabine Kruse, Senior Governmental Official/Wachtberg
  • José Francisco Pérez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • John Pluske, Murdoch University 
  • Marta Ponghellini, European Commission
  • Anke Schröder, German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
  • Stefan Schwarz, Freie Universität Berlin 
  • Reiner Sijtsma, Nutreco 
  • Ole Lund Svendsen, DSM Nutritional Products 
  • Paolo Trevisi, Bologna University 
  • Koen Van Dyck, European Commission
  • Jürgen Zentek, Freie Universität Berlin 
  • Werner Zollitsch, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)

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Dates: 20 and 21 March 2018

Location: Bonn 

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