Antimicrobial resistance apocalypse - Not! - Yet?

A science-based antimicrobial resistance risk analysis is the approach that makes the most sense.

Dennis Erpelding

July 3, 2018

1 Min Read
Antimicrobial resistance apocalypse - Not! - Yet?
Antimicrobial use in food animals: Prudent path forward

 Apocalyptic predictions regarding antimicrobial resistance, and specifically those due to foodborne antimicrobial resistant bacterial infections, are regularly hypothesized.  Antimicrobial resistance is a public health concern for which action is needed. Based upon current scientific understanding, the most prudent path forward is to incorporate a science-based antimicrobial resistance risk analysis into governmental regulatory approval processes and ensure appropriate use on the farm.

Attached is a white paper outlining the history and key questions, the science and what we have learned, impact of actions to date on public health, and the path forward -- a risk analysis process that includes risk assessments with priority focus on those antimicrobials of most importance for human medicine, and risk management decisions that provide for the approval of use yet entails limits to ensure appropriate use.

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About the Author(s)

Dennis Erpelding

Dennis L. Erpelding is a consultant and speaker focused on global policy and strategic counsel regarding corporate affairs, trade access, food safety, sustainability and international standards.  In 2018, he founded Global Farm View, LLC to provide strategic counsel to food chain stakeholders globally taking a view from the farm to the consumer; thereby leveraging his global experiences and networks for the betterment of food animal production and food consumers.  In 2020, he joined PublicPolicyAsia Advisors to help accelerate collaborative business and government efforts in ASEAN and emerging Asia in addressing opportunities and challenges to capitalize on growing market needs. 

Erpelding retired from Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, December 31, 2017 after over 28 years traveling globally engaging with governments and all food chain stakeholders advancing policy and trade access that supported innovation in the animal health sector.  He has broad experience formulating strategy and policies in the legislative, regulatory, food chain and scientific areas; including successfully shaping laws, regulations and policies in the Americas, Asia and Europe that supported food animal production and trade. 

Erpelding has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles including as Chairman of the Food and Agriculture Export Alliance, on the Operating Committee of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, as Chairman of the U.S. Meat Export Federation and as President of the National Agri-Marketing Association.  He represented Elanco with the International Poultry Council and the International Meat Secretariat.   

A native of Whittemore, Iowa, U.S.A., Mr. Erpelding was raised on a diversified livestock and crop farm.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science from Iowa State University in 1981 and in 1989 he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University.  From 1981 to 1987 Erpelding worked in the U.S. dairy industry, employed by the American Jersey Cattle Club and National All-Jersey, Inc., advocating for genetic improvement programs and component milk pricing.  He currently resides in Thailand and the United States of America.  Erpelding can be contacted via email at [email protected].                 

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