Antibiotic Resistance from the Farm to the Table

Graphic: Antibiotic Resistance: From the Farm to the Table. Resistance: All animals carry bacteria in their intestines. Antibiotics are given to animals. Antibiotics kill most bacteria. But resistant bacteria survive and multiply. Spread: Resistant bacteria can spread to animal products, produce through contaminated water or soil, prepared food through contaminated surfaces, and the environment when animals poop. Exposure: People can get sick with resistant infections from contaminated food and contaminated environment. Impact: Some infections cause mild illness, severe illness, and may lead to death.

 

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Resistance

Animals can carry harmful bacteria in their intestines. When antibiotics are given to animals, antibiotics kill most bacteria. But resistant bacteria survive and multiply.

Spread

Resistant bacteria can spread to…

  • animal products
  • produce through contaminated water or soil
  • prepared food through contaminated surfaces
  • the environment when animals poop

Exposure

People can get sick with resistant infections from…

  • contaminated food
  • contaminated environment

Learn four steps to prevent food poisoning at www.foodsafety.govExternal.

Impact

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.

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