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FDA Releases 2012 NARMS Retail Meat Annual Report, 2013 Preliminary Data

Thursday, April 23, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

FDA released the 2012 Retail Meat Report, which summarizes key findings in antimicrobial resistance related to raw chicken, ground turkey, ground beef and pork chops collected at retail stores, and the 2013 Retail Meat Interim Report, which contains data from January to December 2013 and focuses only on Salmonella. The reports use data collected through the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) and present findings on foodborne pathogens that display resistance to antibiotics that are considered important in human medicine, as well as those that are multidrug resistant.

The reports reveal a number of encouraging findings. Resistance in Salmonella from retail chicken declined from a peak of 38 percent in 2009 to 28 percent in 2012 and continued its downward trajectory, dropping to 20 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, resistance in ground turkey peaked in 2011 at 22 percent and declined to 18 percent in 2012, falling to 9 percent by 2013. Further, Salmonella from retail meats remained susceptible to ciprofloxacin and azithromycin, two important antibiotics for treating Salmonella infections and other intestinal pathogens.

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