NARMS to Present New Strategic Plan
at October Public Meeting

Graphics of a computer screen with people attending NARMS virtual meeting

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a virtual public meeting Oct. 13 and 14 to discuss the new, 5-year strategic plan for the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS).

The surveillance system is a collaboration of FDA, CDC, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). It tracks changes in antibiotic resistance in some intestinal bacteria in people, raw meat sold in stores, and food-producing animals at the time of slaughter.

The 2021-2025 strategic planexternal icon calls for expanding NARMS testing to examine antibiotic resistance trends in the environment, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency. It also adds testing of bacteria from companion animals, working with FDA’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The meeting will include discussion of progress since a 2017 public meeting.

Meeting Information:

  • Oct. 13, 2020 (10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT)
  • Oct. 14, 2020 (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT)
  • Live webcast
  • Advance registration required

To Register:

  • Provide information for each attendee to Kelly Covington ( by Sept. 22 at 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Include attendee name, title, affiliation, address, email, and telephone number

Visit FDA’s meeting pageexternal icon for more information, including on public comments.

Fight Food Poisoning During Food Safety Education Month

Food Safety Education Month is in September

Remember that September marks Food Safety Education Month. Every year, an estimated 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) get sick and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food.

Visit CDC’s food safety website to find videos, tips to prevent food poisoning, social media messages, and social media graphics. And, visit Food and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to learn about food safety during COVID-19.

These pages can also be found in Spanish.