How can animals get or carry foodborne pathogens?

Animals can contract and carry foodborne pathogens a number of ways:

  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Parasites
  • Improper animal nutrition
  • Stressed animals
  • Naturally occurring pathogens in the environment (like E. coli)
  • Cross-contamination with other animals of a different species

USFRA Point of View

First and foremost, farmers and ranchers are committed to providing safe food and healthy choices for everyone. During the past several decades, farmers and ranchers have continuously improved their processes so Americans can have one of the safest food supplies in the world. And farmers and... Read more