How is antibiotic resistance monitored?

Farmers, ranchers and veterinarians are committed to the responsible use of antibiotics. In 1996, the federal government established the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a collaborative effort between the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  and the U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) as an “early warning” system to track any resistant bacteria in humans, animals and retail meats. There are no patterns from this research that show antibiotic resistance in bacteria from animals is affecting antibiotic resistance in bacteria in humans and treatment of illness.

USFRA Point of View

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is committed to answering questions about how food is grown and raised. This includes addressing questions about antibiotic use on farms and ranches and concerns about antibiotic resistance in humans. We, too, are concerned about if or how the use of... Read more