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    National Antibiotic Resistant monitoring bacteria in meat samples from FDA. The sanitarians pick up 80 meat samples per month and the food lab test these samples for antibiotic resistant Bacteria such as Salmonella, E.coli, and Campylobacter in meat products. According to the FDA the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), established in 1996, is a collaborative program of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and state and local health departments. NARMS monitors antimicrobial susceptibility in selected enteric bacteria from humans, retail meats and food-producing animals. Objectives of NARMS are as below:

    • To monitor trends in antimicrobial resistance among enteric bacteria from humans, retail meats, and animals;
    • To disseminate timely information on antimicrobial resistance to promote interventions that reduce resistance among foodborne bacteria;
    • To conduct research to better understand the emergence, persistence, and spread of antimicrobial resistance; and
    • To provide data that assist the FDA in making decisions related to the approval of safe and effective antimicrobial drugs for animals.


    The positive isolates are sent to CVM at FDA for further analysis for research and regulatory purposes.
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