What is the federal government doing to prevent antimicrobial resistance?
Antimicrobial use is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition to approving the use of antimicrobials in animals, the FDA also collects data on antimicrobial sales from companies since 2008 and makes that information publicly available. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) performs research and provides information about antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals and retail meats. The USDA also funds research on antimicrobial resistance. FoodNet is a foodborne illness surveillance network and is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FDA, USDA and members of the Emerging Infections Program (EIP). The system collects information about foodborne diseases and related illnesses.