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USDA to discuss non-O157 Shiga-producing E.coli control methods

29-Nov-2011

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will meet publically to discuss methods for the control of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) in raw beef products.

The department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will hold a public teleconference on the 1 December to debate the implementation of such methods.

Earlier this year the FSIS announced it was taking action to prevent raw beef products found to contain E.coli serogroups O26, O103, O45, O111, O121, and O145, entering the food supply.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these serogroups are responsible for the largest number of non-O157 STEC illnesses and deaths in the US.

The teleconference will provide a forum to register formal comments on the implementation of a new strategy.