Antibiotic Resistance and Food
Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Solutions Initiative
Some resistant infections can come from the food we eat.
- When animals get antibiotics, drug-resistant bacteria can survive and multiply in their guts.
- Fertilizer or water containing animal feces and drug-resistant bacteria can be used on food crops.
- Resistant bacteria can remain on meat. When the meat is not handled or cooked properly, the bacteria can spread to humans.
- Antibiotics that people take can also lead to resistance.
How will CDC’s Solutions Initiative fight foodborne infections?
- Detect and describe resistant bacteria rapidly. Increase state laboratory capacity to rapidly uncover foodborne drug-resistant bacteria, including Campylobacter and Salmonella, using whole genome sequencing (WGS).
- Find outbreaks faster by increasing lab testing. Test every Salmonella isolate for drug resistance.
- Improve health outcomes. With increased lab capacity, track and investigate life-threatening Salmonella infections to prevent outbreaks and provide rapid response.
- Promote responsible antibiotic use in food-producing animals. Ensure practicing veterinarians have the tools, information, and training to prevent drug resistance by promoting responsible use of antibiotics.