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Canadian Cattle Producers Willing to Make Changes to Prevent E. coli O157 Contamination on their Farms
Date:3/16/2010

, can cause severe illness and even be fatal when ingested by humans from contaminated meat, vegetables or water. Vaccination of cattle with Econiche can help reduce the risk of food and waterborne contamination with E. coli O157.

On-farm interventions to reduce the shedding of E. coli O157 by cattle, such as simple vaccination of cattle with Econiche, have the potential to reduce food and water contamination and the consequences associated with human infection with the deadly bacteria.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) developed a risk assessment method to estimate how much human illness caused by E. coli O157 can be prevented through the use of "pre-harvest interventions" such as vaccination (Streamlined Analysis for Evaluating the Use of Preharvest Interventions Intended to Prevent Escherichia coli O157:H7 Illness in Humans, Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, Volume 6, Number 7, 2009). Researchers created two economic production functions where the input was the number of vaccinated cattle and the output was human illness prevented. Although this was a hypothetical case study, it showed that, "... vaccinating the entire U.S. herd at a cost of between $2.29 and $9.14 per unit (depending on overall effectiveness of the vaccine) would be a cost-effective intervention for preventing E. coli O157:H7 illness in humans."


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