1. Microbiology & Food Hygiene

Assessment of antibiotic resistant Escherichia coli in meat production systems on the island of Ireland

Project Reference:

08-2013

Status:

Completed

Commencement Date:

June, 2013

Project Duration:

18 months

Abstract:

This project will assess the pathogenic potential of antibiotic resistant Escherichia coli (AREC), particularly those producing Extended Spectrum β Lactamase (ESBL), in foods derived from animal production systems and to define the potential risks posed by these organisms to the consumer on the island of Ireland.

The study will conduct a thorough definition of the phenotypic and genotypic properties of positive isolates, allowing the similarities of the isolates to be statistically defined. Based on these properties, the risk due to the pathogenic potential of ESBL-producing bacteria in the food chain for consumers on the island will be defined.

The possible origins and dispersal mechanisms of the AREC will be considered and possible prophylactic measures proposed to limit exposure by consumers to ESBL-producing bacteria.

 

Principal Contractor(s):

Dr Robert Madden, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast

Collaborator(s):

Prof Martin Cormican & Dr Cyril Carroll, National University of Ireland, Galway

Outputs:

Report:

Assessment of antibiotic resistant Escherichia coli in meat production systems