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Animal health and welfare

As is the case for humans, animal health can be threatened by various viruses, bacteria and parasites. ANSES's expertise offers insights into the complex interactions between pathogens, animals and rearing conditions, while supporting the management of health crises. It therefore contributes to prevention and control of the main animal diseases affecting livestock and wildlife, as well as the zoonoses affecting human health. It also works to improve animal welfare while ensuring the safety of the food chain and the sustainability of the different production sectors.

News

What is the risk of monkeypox spreading to pets?
20/06/2022

What is the risk of monkeypox spreading to pets?

To what pets can humans transmit monkeypox virus (MPXV)? For example, can dogs, cats and rodents get monkeypox? Due to the increase in the number of people infected with this virus in multiple non-endemic countries, including France, ANSES received an urgent request to answer these questions.
Colistin combined with nanoparticles: a smaller amount of antibiotic for the same level of efficacy
03/06/2022
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Ploufragan-Plouzané-Niort Laboratory

Colistin combined with nanoparticles: a smaller amount of antibiotic for the same level of efficacy

Scientists from ANSES's Ploufragan-Plouzané-Niort Laboratory took part in a study on the efficacy of colistin-loaded alginate nanoparticles used to treat diarrhoea in piglets. Undertaken in collaboration with teams from University of Lille (BioEcoAgro Cross-Border Joint Research Unit) and CNRS (Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics & Nanotechnology), this study showed that this new formulation, which requires less colistin than conventional treatment, has equal or even greater efficacy.
Tracing the source of infections by the bacterium responsible for bovine tuberculosis
23/05/2022
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Laboratory for Animal Health, Maisons-Alfort and Dozulé sites

Tracing the source of infections by the bacterium responsible for bovine tuberculosis

Cases of bovine tuberculosis are rare in France, but infected cattle herds are still regularly reported. In order to determine the exact role of wildlife, especially badgers, in transmission, scientists from the Laboratory for Animal Health have been reconstructing the evolution of the bacterium that causes the disease.
Equine health at the heart of a new joint technology unit
16/05/2022
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Laboratory for Animal Health, Maisons-Alfort and Dozulé sites

Equine health at the heart of a new joint technology unit

The French Horse and Riding Institute (IFCE) and ANSES have set up a joint technology unit (UMT) to strengthen their shared research on horse health. Its work will focus on three main areas: an equine census and monitoring of mortality, several risks associated with parasites and pathogens in the horse environment, and infectious diseases affecting reproduction.
The fight against Campylobacter begins on the farm
02/03/2022
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Ploufragan-Plouzané-Niort Laboratory

The fight against Campylobacter begins on the farm

A European expert appraisal led by an ANSES scientist has re-assessed the effectiveness of Campylobacter control measures on chicken farms in preventing transmission of the bacterium to humans. The results have just been published in a scientific journal.
Using artificial intelligence to improve food safety: ANSES and the CNAM create Metabiot, a dedicated research unit
28/02/2022
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Ploufragan-Plouzané-Niort Laboratory

Using artificial intelligence to improve food safety: ANSES and the CNAM create Metabiot, a dedicated research unit

ANSES and the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) have created Metabiot, a contracted research unit dedicated to the processing of massive data on the safety of foods of animal origin. This new jointly supervised entity will conduct research into diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, and will focus in particular on bacteria that pose risks to human health, throughout the production chain, on farms and in the food processing industry.
ANSES portrait - “Covering all aspects of the health risks associated with food”- Corinne Danan
11/02/2021
Laboratory for Food Safety

ANSES portrait - “Covering all aspects of the health risks associated with food”- Corinne Danan

Corinne Danan is Deputy Head of the Salmonella and Listeria Unit at the ANSES Laboratory for Food Safety. She is a research engineer with 20 years of experience in the health risks associated with food.
ANSES at the 2022 Paris International Agricultural Show
26/02/2022

From 26/02/2022 to 06/03/2022

ANSES at the 2022 Paris International Agricultural Show

Tous les jours de 9h à 19h
Parc des expositions - Porte de Versailles, Paris - Hall 4, Allée B, stand n°118
Public : oui
Porte de Versailles, Paris 15e
Food is one of the pillars of our health. And yet an imbalanced diet or contaminated food can expose us to immediate risks and chronic diseases. As France's leading health agency on this topic, ANSES looks forward to seeing you at the 2022 Paris International Agricultural Show, at its stand dedicated to safe and healthy food. You will have the opportunity to discover how ANSES’s researchers and scientific experts work to protect us from risks ‘from farm to fork’, and help us adopt good daily hygiene and nutrition practices.
Disorders on two cattle farms highly unlikely to be due to wind turbines
16/12/2021
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Disorders on two cattle farms highly unlikely to be due to wind turbines

Farmers from two cattle farms located near a wind farm in Loire-Atlantique have reported various problems with their animals, including a reduction in milk yield and quality, behavioural problems, and an increase in mortality. ANSES stresses that these particular situations require support measures. However, it has concluded that the disorders encountered are most likely unrelated to the presence of the wind turbines. The Agency recommends establishing a suitable comprehensive diagnostic protocol, in order to be able to act promptly in the event of disorders occurring in other farms close to wind turbines.
Bee health: review of the latest research findings
13/12/2021
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Sophia Antipolis Laboratory
Laboratory for Animal Health, Maisons-Alfort and Dozulé sites

Bee health: review of the latest research findings

Studying the causes of bee mortality, identifying the pathogens affecting bees, taking better account of the effect of pesticides on their health… Every two years, the Agency organises a one-day meeting on the research, expert appraisal and surveillance work relating to bees. This is an opportunity to review the various research projects carried out by the Agency on this theme.
How to better prevent risks of ingestion of metal fragments by cows
24/11/2021
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How to better prevent risks of ingestion of metal fragments by cows

Foreign bodies, particularly metal objects, are sometimes accidentally mixed with cattle feed. Ingestion of metal objects can cause damage to internal organs, which can lead to death in the worst cases. Following a request from the association Robin des Bois, ANSES has just published an expert appraisal report to determine the extent of the problem. This report recommends preventive measures to reduce the risk of metal fragment ingestion by cows and suggests that magnets can be administered as an effective method for avoiding injury.
Bulk selling: recommendations and products to be excluded
22/11/2021
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Bulk selling: recommendations and products to be excluded

How can distributors guarantee the safety of products sold to consumers in bulk? Can all products be sold this way? With bulk selling becoming increasingly popular, driven by social demand as well as by the legislator through the French AGEC Act, ANSES has been asked by the Directorate General for fair Trading, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) to give its opinion regarding products that may not be sold in this way for public health reasons. To continue to effectively protect consumer health, it is important for distributors to apply appropriate procedures to bulk selling.

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COVID-19 research
02/08/2021

COVID-19 research

Working at the interface between human and animal health, in the spirit of "One Health", ANSES's laboratories help provide effective, rapid responses to issues of applied research that can be implemented immediately. As an example, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, ANSES has been deploying its research teams, its expert knowledge of zoonoses and animal coronaviruses, and its network of laboratories to improve our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 and respond to questions that have arisen from this crisis. Here is an overview of the various projects undertaken by the Agency.
All you need to know about food safety
04/06/2021

All you need to know about food safety

What are the potential sources of food contamination? What is a foodborne illness? How can I avoid food poisoning? What is salmonellosis and what does it cause? What does the Agency do to ensure that food is safe? On the occasion of World Food Safety Day, we have prepared a special close-up to help you learn more about the challenges of food safety and our work to make food safer for consumers.
Resapath
12/05/2021

Resapath

Since 1982, this unique scheme has been monitoring changes in antimicrobial resistance in all animal species in France. Run by two ANSES laboratories (Lyon and Ploufragan-Plouzané), it coordinates the work of more than 70 departmental laboratories in determining resistance to antimicrobials.
Use of mesenchymal stromal cells in horse medicine
07/05/2021

Use of mesenchymal stromal cells in horse medicine

Mesenchymal stromal cells as advanced therapies in veterinary medicines may have a therapeutic use in the treatment of osteo-articular degenerative affection in horses. Other therapeutic interests have yet to be discovered. A centralized marketing authorization was delivered for two veterinary medical product based on allogenic mesenchymal stromal cells, veterinarians also perform autologous ones. However, products based on autologous mesenchymal stromal cell, have to be produced by the veterinarian on expert platform, with all the necessary safety and quality controls because of the lack of standardized procedure. This article is available in the version of the authors above or in the technical supplement of the journal La Dépêche Vétérinaire n° 180 of October 2020.
Wildlife, a reservoir of pathogens
21/04/2021

Wildlife, a reservoir of pathogens

Some pathogens are specific to the wild animals that carry them. However, they can be transmitted to humans or domestic animals through contact. ANSES's work, which focuses on both wild and domestic animals, helps improve understanding of how these pathogens jump from one species to another and attempts to combat these transmissions.
Food safety, from farm to fork
21/04/2021

Food safety, from farm to fork

Milk, meat, vegetables... any of the food we eat can be a source of contamination. Through the transmission of bacteria, parasites, viruses of animal or plant origin, or chemical contaminants, our food can potentially cause illness or poisoning in humans. Food safety forms part of a global "one health" approach, at the interface of animal, plant and human health. To protect consumers from the risks of food contamination and prevent potential outbreaks, it is essential to take action at all stages of the food chain, "from farm to fork". This is ANSES's role.
Ten key points on the interactions between animal and human health
21/04/2021

Ten key points on the interactions between animal and human health

Animal and human health are closely linked. Every year, three to five new human diseases originate in the animal world. A better understanding of the pathogens circulating in animals helps us prepare for future epidemics in humans. The issue is summarised here in a few key concepts to aid understanding.
Eight questions on animal welfare
07/04/2021

Eight questions on animal welfare

The concept of animal welfare is at the crossroads of numerous philosophical, moral, scientific, technological, economic, regulatory and social influences that are sometimes conflicting. The welfare of animals dependent on humans – livestock, pets, animals used for scientific purposes and zoo animals – is playing an increasingly important role in our society. What is animal welfare? Is it enough just to treat an animal well? How is animal welfare objectively measured? Is it possible to redefine animal husbandry in order to improve it? And what is ANSES doing about it? You will find the answers to all these questions in our article.
Humans and animals: One Health
07/04/2021

Humans and animals: One Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the close connection between animal and human health. For World Health Day, we decipher the science and shed light on our work to help you better understand these interactions within the frame of the One Health concept which includes animals, humans and the environment.
Avian influenza in six questions
11/02/2021

Avian influenza in six questions

Avian influenza is a highly contagious viral infection occurring in wild and domestic birds. Wild bird migration periods and movements have an impact on the level of risk of influenza virus transmission from wildlife to poultry farms. Liable to cause extremely high animal mortality and therefore major economic losses, some avian influenza viruses can be transmitted to humans under certain conditions. Here we present the profile of a highly contagious disease and describe the work of ANSES, a key player in preventing the spread of high-pathogenicity avian influenza viruses.
Antimicrobial resistance: a major issue for animals and humans
08/01/2021

Antimicrobial resistance: a major issue for animals and humans

Antimicrobial resistance is a major issue for both human and animal health. The emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains call into question the efficacy of these treatments. Preserving the efficacy of antibiotics is therefore a genuine public health challenge, requiring an integrated approach according to the One Health concept covering both humans and animals.
Monitoring and learning about infectious diseases of horses in order to improve welfare and performance
14/12/2020

Monitoring and learning about infectious diseases of horses in order to improve welfare and performance

Horse health raises specific issues, since these animals are mainly kept for recreation, sport and competition. Monitoring and detection of numerous equine infectious diseases is a mandatory step before they can be allowed to compete and breed. ANSES is the reference laboratory for equine diseases at both national and European level. It is also an international reference laboratory for two diseases affecting horses: dourine and glanders.

Publications

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Animal feed
Thematique
Animal health and welfare
Date de mise en ligne
31/01/2022
Numéro de saisine
2017-SA-0247
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Animal health and welfare
Thematique
Animal health and welfare
Date de mise en ligne
07/05/2020
Numéro de saisine
2020-SA-0037
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Animal health and welfare
Thematique
Animal health and welfare
Date de mise en ligne
20/03/2020
Numéro de saisine
2020-SA-0037
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Assessment of the biological risks in foods
Thematique
Animal health and welfare
Date de mise en ligne
13/02/2019
Numéro de saisine
2016-SA-0183
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Animal feed
Thematique
Animal health and welfare
Date de mise en ligne
14/05/2018
Numéro de saisine
2017-SA-0074