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CVM Posts NARMS Executive Report on Web Site

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2008 Volume XXIII, No V

The Center for Veterinary Medicine has posted on its Web site the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System-Enteric Bacteria (NARMS) Executive Report, summarizing and integrating data from sampling done in calendar year 2005.

The NARMS program is operated collaboratively by: CVM, which operates the retail meat sampling program; the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which gathers samples from animals; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which collects isolates from humans. All three issue their own reports on the data they collect under the program. CVM issued a report on the retail meat sampling program in October 2008.

The Executive Report, posted in February, combines data from all three parts of the NARMS program into one integrated report. In addition, this report allows for easy tracking of trends over all three arms of the NARMS program - human, animal, and retail meats.

The report summarizes Salmonella and Campylobacter isolates recovered in 2005 from food animals at Federally inspected animal slaughter plants, retail meats, and humans. Also, the report includes data from previous years.

The data are posted so that others can use the information for various scientific purposes. In fact, a key part of the NARMS program is research, and all three NARMS partners have used the data for that purpose, according to Dr. Patrick McDermott, the NARMS Director for CVM. All three partners “have been very productive” in their research activity, he added.