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Antibiotic resistance from the farm to the table
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    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.).
Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.
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    Antibiotics are widely used in food-producing animals. This use contributes to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food-producing animals. These resistant bacteria can contaminate the foods that come from those animals, and persons who consume these foods can develop antibiotic-resistant infections.

    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

    • the environment when animals poop

    Exposure: People can get sick with resistant infections from…

    • contaminated food

    • contaminated environment

    Impact: Some infections cause…

    • mild illness

    • severe illness and may lead to death

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