Food commensal microbes as a potentially important avenue in transmitting antibiotic resistance genes.

@article{Wang2006FoodCM,
  title={Food commensal microbes as a potentially important avenue in transmitting antibiotic resistance genes.},
  author={H. Holly Wang and Michele Y Manuzon and Mark E Lehman and Kai Fung Wan and Hongliang Luo and Thomas E Wittum and Ahmed I. Yousef and Lauren O. Bakaletz},
  journal={FEMS microbiology letters},
  year={2006},
  volume={254 2},
  pages={226-31}
}
The rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant (ART) pathogens is a major threat to public health. While the surfacing of ART food-borne pathogens is alarming, the magnitude of the antibiotic resistance (AR) gene pool in food-borne commensal microbes is yet to be revealed. Incidence of ART commensals in selected retail food products was examined in this study. The presence of 10(2)-10(7) CFU of ART bacteria per gram of foods in many samples, particularly in ready-to-eat, 'healthy' food items… CONTINUE READING

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