To mark the 20th anniversary of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published an article in Foodborne Pathogens and Disease that describes how NARMS helps us understand resistance in bacteria transmitted commonly through food. This national public health surveillance system tracks changes in the antimicrobial susceptibility of certain enteric (intestinal) bacteria found in ill people (CDC), retail meats (FDA) and food animals (USDA) in the United States. TThe NARMS program at CDC helps protect public health by providing information about emerging bacterial resistance, the ways in which resistance is spread, and how resistant infections differ from susceptible infections.

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