USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) plans to expand its routine verification testing to include six Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (non-O157 STEC; O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, or O145) that are adulterants.

The action comes nine years after FSIS determined that raw, non-intact beef products and raw, intact beef
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Scientists from a university in Singapore have found strains of foodborne E. coli have different tolerances towards acidic conditions.

E. coli O157:H7 is widely recognized due to the severity of illnesses it causes. There are another six serogroups identified by the United States Food and Drug Administration as emerging pathogens
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The report from the so-called “supershedders” conference on the future of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) research — held recently in Scotland — is out. It identifies key knowledge gaps and recommends areas for future research. The workshop stemmed from the controversial 2005 E. coli outbreak in South Wales and was
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new, groundbreaking non-O157 E. coli policy, which classifies six new strains as adulterants and requires testing, will become effective 90 days later than originally planned, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday.

The delay, which did not surprise industry insiders, will push back the

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