[27 September/Food Dive]

A study of retail meat and poultry samples, and cattle faecal samples, discovered that 18 E. coli isolates were resistant to four antimicrobials. The antimicrobials were ampicillin, ceftiofur, ceftriaxone, and cefotaxime. The study was undertaken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Texas Tech University. Researchers investigated five isolates from cattle and 13 meat and poultry samples. In the retail samples, five were from chicken breast, six were from group turkey, one was from ground beef, and one from pork chops. To address this issue, a range of agencies and companies joined in a year-long Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge. They were asked to commit to one of five goals. The goals were sharing data, improving infection prevention, helping the environment, improving antibiotic use or investing in innovative projects involving vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics to ramp up the fight against antimicrobial resistance.