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Here is where we get back to that now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t USDA  research summary, which reads like a heavily footnoted rebuttal to the  industry line. Assembled by Vaishali Dharmarha, a research assistant at  the University of Maryland, the report summarizes research from 63  academic papers and government studies. Here are few of her findings:
• “Use and misuse of antimicrobial drugs in food animal production  and human medicine is the main factor accelerating antimicrobial  resistance.”
• “[F]ood animals, when exposed to antimicrobial agents, may serve as  a significant reservoir of resistant bacteria that can transmit to  humans through the food supply.”
• “Several studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella showed that [antibiotic resistance]  in Salmonella strains was most likely due to the antimicrobial  use in food animals,  and that most infections caused by resistant  strains are acquired from  the consumption of contaminated food.”
• “Farmers and farm workers may get exposed to resistant bacteria by  handling animals, feed, and manure. These exposures are of significant  concern to public health, as they can transfer the resistant bacteria to  family and community members, particularly through person-to-person  contacts.”
• “Resistant bacteria can also spread from intensive food animal  production area to outside boundaries through contact between food  animals and animals in the external environment. Insects, flies,  houseflies, rodents, and wild birds play an important role in this mode  of transmission. They are particularly attracted to animal wastes and  feed sources from where they carry the resistant bacteria to several  locations outside the animal production facility.”

Here is where we get back to that now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t USDA research summary, which reads like a heavily footnoted rebuttal to the industry line. Assembled by Vaishali Dharmarha, a research assistant at the University of Maryland, the report summarizes research from 63 academic papers and government studies. Here are few of her findings:

• “Use and misuse of antimicrobial drugs in food animal production and human medicine is the main factor accelerating antimicrobial resistance.”

• “[F]ood animals, when exposed to antimicrobial agents, may serve as a significant reservoir of resistant bacteria that can transmit to humans through the food supply.”

• “Several studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella showed that [antibiotic resistance] in Salmonella strains was most likely due to the antimicrobial use in food animals, and that most infections caused by resistant strains are acquired from the consumption of contaminated food.”

• “Farmers and farm workers may get exposed to resistant bacteria by handling animals, feed, and manure. These exposures are of significant concern to public health, as they can transfer the resistant bacteria to family and community members, particularly through person-to-person contacts.”

• “Resistant bacteria can also spread from intensive food animal production area to outside boundaries through contact between food animals and animals in the external environment. Insects, flies, houseflies, rodents, and wild birds play an important role in this mode of transmission. They are particularly attracted to animal wastes and feed sources from where they carry the resistant bacteria to several locations outside the animal production facility.”

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