Note to readers: The Collaboration in Animal Health and Food Safety Epidemiology (CAHFSE) is not currently operational. As indicated elsewhere, the CAHFSE was meant to be a pilot study to evaluate the feasibility of on-farm data and sample collection to develop information on the ecology of antimicrobial resistance in the farm production setting. While the information associated with this effort was collected in the early 2000’s we are posting the information because we believe that it may still be useful to those with an interest in studies of this type or in this topic area.
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CAHFSE is a joint effort among three agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture: the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The mission of this important surveillance effort is (1) to enhance overall understanding of bacteria that pose a food-safety risk by monitoring these bacteria on-farm and in-plant over time, and (2) to provide a means to routinely monitor critical diseases in food-animal production. A particular emphasis of CAHFSE is to address issues related to bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Swine is the first commodity studied as part of the CAHFSE program (CAHFSE Stage 1: Swine).
The initial rationale and program outline for the CAHFSE program is described in the brief: Animal Health, Food Safety, and Epidemiology: A USDA Multi-Agency Program (September 2002, pdf)