High prevalence of the mcr-1 gene in retail chicken meat in the Netherlands in 2015

Eefje J.A. Schrauwen*, Pepijn Huizinga, Nick van Spreuwel, Carlo Verhulst, Marjolein F.Q. Kluytmans-van den Bergh, Jan A.J.W. Kluytmans

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Abstract

Recently, plasmid-mediated colistin resistance was reported in humans, animals and food. We studied the presence of mcr-1 and mcr-2 in Dutch retail chicken meat. The prevalence of mcr-1 was 24,8% (53/214), whereas mcr-2 was not found. The presence of mcr-1-positive Enterobacteriaceae was confirmed by culture in 34/53 samples (64,2%). The prevalence depended on the supermarket chain and was lower in free-range chicken samples. The unexpected high prevalence of mcr-1 in food is cause for concern.

Original languageEnglish
Article number83
JournalAntimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Schrauwen, E. J. A., Huizinga, P., van Spreuwel, N., Verhulst, C., Kluytmans-van den Bergh, M. F. Q., & Kluytmans, J. A. J. W. (2017). High prevalence of the mcr-1 gene in retail chicken meat in the Netherlands in 2015. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, 6(1), [83]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13756-017-0242-8