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The New York Times reports on the growth of "antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs'" that "pose an enormous threat to human health ... The rate at which new strains of drug-resistant bacteria have emerged in recent years, prompted by overuse of antibiotics in humans and livestock, terrifies public health experts. Many consider the new strains just as dangerous as emerging viruses like Zika or Ebola."

The problem, the story suggests, is that the medical profession is "fast running out of treatment options."

One of the categories of superbugs identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a critical priority is the Enterobacteriaceae family, which "includes familiar names like E. coli and salmonella, which live in human and animal guts and can cause food poisoning."

Fascinating reading, and a subject about which everybody in the food business should be concerned, and committed to some sort of public policy approach that deals with the threat in a sophisticated and realistic fashion. You can read the story here.
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