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Penn State: DrPH student’s Salmonella research highlighted during Infectious Diseases Week in D.C.

Mr. Xin Yin, a DrPH student at the Penn State College of Medicine will have his research, “Antimicrobial resistance in non-typhoidal Salmonella from retail poultry meat by antibiotic usage-related production claims – Pennsylvania, 2008-2017”, highlighted as part of Infectious Diseases (ID) Week on Oct. 2-6, in Washington, DC.

The research focuses on food safety and reveals how antibiotic-free cuts of chicken and ground turkey are less likely to be contaminated with multi-drug resistant Salmonella.

The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) tracks Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Salmonella. Mr. Yin’s research looks at antimicrobial susceptibility and whole genome sequencing data from 320 Salmonella strains isolated from nearly 3,500 samples of chicken and turkey sold in stores in Pennsylvania. Packs of poultry with claims of antibiotic usage were used to compare AMR Salmonella from conventional and antibiotic-free samples.

The research shows that conventionally-raised poultry is more likely to be contaminated with AMR Salmonella and also more likely to carry genes that reduce the effectiveness of antimicrobial drugs used to treat infections in people. This news impacts consumers, because these findings show important health implications linked to using antibiotics in food-producing animals.

“Consumers should read product labels and make informed choices based on the evidence about the risk of poultry contamination with drug-resistant Salmonella,” said Mr. Yin.

IDWeek is an annual event co-hosted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

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