Scientists have found a strong association between dogs excreting ciprofloxacin-resistant E. coli and feeding them a raw diet.

E. coli, which can lead to food poisoning, is also the United Kingdom’s top cause of urinary tract and bloodstream infections.

Ciprofloxacin belongs to a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which treat bacterial infections in humans and animals. When E. coli is resistant to antibiotics, infections are more difficult to treat, making patients more likely to be hospitalized and die.

The study examined ciprofloxacin-resistant E. coli in 600 healthy pet dogs in 2019 and 2020. Researchers at the University of Bristol asked owners to complete a survey with

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Foodborne bacterial infections are becoming harder to treat, according to a report on antimicrobial resistance from EFSA and ECDC.

Salmonella and Campylobacter are increasingly resistant to ciprofloxacin, one of the main antibiotics for treating infections they cause, said the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Data from humans, animals and food show a large proportion of Salmonella bacteria are multidrug-resistant, which means they are resistant to three or more antimicrobials. In 2017 and 2018, data on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria was provided by 28 member states and analyzed by EFSA and ECDC
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There has been a decline of antimicrobial-resistant E. coli but not Campylobacter in chicken based on surveys by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Two annual surveys tested fresh chicken sold in the United Kingdom, with one looking at certain antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) E. coli, and the other at AMR Campylobacter. Results are from 2017 to 2018. A previous study looked at beef and pork.

Use of antibiotics is important in treating infections and preventing disease in animals and humans. However, the overuse or misuse of antimicrobials in animal husbandry and healthcare settings has been linked to emergence and spread of
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In an April 11 warning letter to owner James Darren Hudson, the FDA described violations observed during inspection visits on Feb. 5, 13, and 14 at the James D. Hudson Livestock operation in Caneyville, KY. Investigators found that the firm holds animals under conditions that are so inadequate that medicated animals bearing potentially harmful drug residues are likely to enter the human food supply.

Inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration conducted an investigation of the firm’s beef cattle grower operation as a follow-up after residue of ciprofloxacin was found in a slaughtered cow. “… under the AMDUCA provisions, FDA


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Scientists in the European Union have found that a high proportion of Campylobacter in humans is resistant to ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic critically important for the treatment of human diseases.

That is a key finding of a report released jointly last week by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) based on 2009 data submitted by 25 EU member states, Norway and Switzerland.

This first EU report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria affecting humans, animals and food will be used by the European Commission in developing new proposals to fight antimicrobial

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