Availability of a variety of efficacious antimicrobials, antibiotics, food antimicrobial agents, sanitizers, disinfectants, and other substances that can control microorganisms is integral to our complex, macrobiologic ecosystem and interdependent food system. Antimicrobials provide for high quality or good physical condition of crops, good health of food animals entering the food chain, and effective sanitation during food processing.

A partial or complete ban on antibiotics in food animal production would increase costs to producers, decrease production, and increase retail prices to consumers, according to the Government Accountability Office

The inherent ability of microorganisms to mutate and adapt t…

Epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance. Adapted from Prescott (2000)

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