Understanding how antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) work uncovers pathways to boost performance using novel feed additives and combat antibiotic resistance.
However, the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has been linked to the higher occurrence of antibiotic resistance in bacteria that jeopardize the efficacy of antimicrobial treatment. The United States announced The AMR Challenge: a global initiative to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance at the United Nations General Assembly in 2018. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO) and governmental bodies in many countries throughout the world have all taken steps to further study and raise awareness regarding the threat that antimicrobial resistance poses. It is critical that we are able to rely on the efficacy of antibiotics in the future.