In the Media: Will antibiotic resistance undermine a healthy future?

World Animal Protection (WAP) commissioned a report from Monash Centre to Impact AMR to test the prevalence of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in packaged beef and salmon samples from Australian supermarkets Coles, Woolworths and ALDI.

Bacterial and coliform levels in all beef and most salmon samples were low and met the specifications of Food Standards Australia. Common foodborne pathogens, namely E. coli, Campylobacter spp., and Salmonella spp., were not detected in any of the beef or salmon samples. Various other bacteria were present at low levels, including species of Enterococcus, Yersinia, Acinetobacter, Proteus, Aeromonas, Serratia, Pseudomonas, and Hafnia.

Some bacteria present on the meat samples have acquired resistance to antimicrobials used in human medicine.  This was evident from both antimicrobial susceptibility testing and the identification of antimicrobial resistance genes.  Further studies would be required to understand the source and the drivers of antibiotic resistance in these bacteria.  More extensive sampling would also be required to determine the national extent of antimicrobial resistance in Australian meat samples.

The story as been report by ABC 7.30 report

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