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Preslaughter Interventions Could Reduce E. coli in Cattle

This study was conducted in response to the over 23 million pounds of beef recalled in the U.S. between 2006 and 2012 due to Shiga toxin-producing E. coli contaminations. It reviews interventions before slaughter, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's role in approving E. coli vaccines, the status of tests to detect E. coli strains, and relevant practices of other countries to reduce E. coli in cattle. As a result, the study recommends that the Secretary of Agriculture provide more guidance on license approval requirements for E. coli vaccines and consider E. coli reduction efforts abroad for use in U.S. policy.

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