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Multi-drug resistant bacteria represent a major global threat for human and animal health. Since transfer of these bacteria from animals to humans through oral ingestion of or indirect contact with contaminated meat is possible, the European Union has established programs to monitor multi-drug resistant bacteria in food-producing animals. In a study recently published in Antibiotics, EvoPAD researchers Natalie Effelsberg and Alexander Mellmann, together with colleagues at the Chemisches und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt Ostwestfalen-Lippe, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the DRK Kliniken Berlin, used data from the EU-wide monitoring program collected in 2018/19 in northwestern Germany and extended these by additional samples from meat-processing plants and the urban environment to assess the prevalence of four multi-drug resistant bacteria within the meat-production chain. In summary, they detected a medium to low prevalence of the tested multi-drug resistance bacteria within the meat-production chain and conclude that the risk of zoonotic transmission via the food chain is moderate within the monitored area.
Original article: Klees S*, Effelsberg N*, Stührenberg B, Mellmann A, Schwarz S, Köck R (2020) Prevalence and Epidemiology of Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens in the Food Chain and the Urban Environment in Northwestern Germany. Antibiotics 9:708. 10.3390/antibiotics9100708 [doi] *equally contributing authors