Reported at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Global Congress, which took place in Barcelona, Spain from April 27–30, 2024, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol has found high levels of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) among Escherichia coli on raw chicken meat sold at retail in the UK, as well as in chicken-based raw dog food samples.

The study analyzed 58 total samples of uncooked meat at retail intended for human consumption—15 each of beef, chicken, and lamb, and 13 of pork—as well as 15 samples of chicken-based raw dog meat. To test for drug-resistant E. coli, the meat samples were enriched and plated onto agar containing common antibiotics, some of which are considered critically important for human health: amoxicillin, amoxicillin-clavulanate, cefotaxime, ciprofloxacin, spectinomycin, and streptomycin.

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