Antibiotic Resistance from the Farm to the Table
Animals can carry harmful bacteria in their intestines. When antibiotics are given to animals, antibiotics kill most bacteria. But resistant bacteria survive and multiply.
Resistant bacteria can spread to…
- animal products
- produce through contaminated water or soil
- prepared food through contaminated surfaces
- the environment when animals poop
People can get sick with resistant infections from…
- contaminated food
- contaminated environment
Learn four steps to prevent food poisoning at www.foodsafety.gov.
Some infections cause…
- mild illness
- severe illness and may lead to death
About 1 in 5 resistant infections are caused by germs from food and animals (source: Antibiotic Resistant Threats in the United States, 2013).
Learn more about antibiotic resistance and food safety at the Antibiotic Resistance and Food Safety web page.
Learn more about protecting you and your family from resistant infections at the Antibiotic Resistance web page.
- Page last reviewed: September 4, 2014
- Page last updated: December 22, 2017
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