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Bioniche Represented at House of Commons Sub-Committee on Food Safety
Date:5/28/2009

    Company seeking endorsement of programs to reduce the risk of
    E. coli O157 contamination of food and water

BELLEVILLE, ON, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it made representation at the House of Commons Sub-committee on Food Safety yesterday. This was an opportunity for the Company to create additional awareness of its on-farm/pre-harvest intervention to reduce the prevalence of the deadly E. coli O157 bacterium, and to seek further support for vaccination programs.

"Bioniche has proposed that a Government of Canada program be established that encourages adoption of our E. coli O157 cattle vaccine, the only registered vaccine of its kind in the world," said Rick Culbert, President of Bioniche Food Safety. "Such an initiative would position Canada as a global leader in food safety, preserve customer confidence in Canadian agricultural products and bolster public health."

The House of Commons Sub-committee on Food Safety was established following last year's Listeriosis outbreak in Canada. Like Listeriosis, E. coli O157 can be fatal to humans who become infected. An estimated 100,000 cases of human infection with the E. coli O157:H7 organism are reported each year in North America. Two to seven per cent of those people develop haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a disease characterized by kidney failure (in recent outbreaks, this percentage has risen to as high as 16%). Five percent of HUS patients die, many of them children and senior citizens, whose kidneys are more sensitive to damage.

Cattle are the primary carriers of E. coli O157, but the organism, which makes people ill, does not have the same effect on cattle. When people come in contact with contaminated food or water, they can become infected. The Bioniche E. coli vaccine - trademarked Econiche - has been proven in f
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