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Cargill Encouraged by Preliminary Results From Beef Cattle Vaccine Trial
Date:11/15/2010

WICHITA, Kan., Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill today announced encouraging preliminary results from its 2010 E.coli O157:H7 vaccine trial involving 85,000 head of beef cattle.  Initial results are based upon sampling both cattle at feedlots and meat at the company's Fort Morgan, Colo., beef processing facility where vaccinated cattle were harvested from May through August.    

Addressing the food and feed safety committee of the United States Animal Health Association in Minneapolis yesterday, Dan Schaefer, Cargill assistant vice president for beef research and development stated, "While we are pleased with the preliminary results, we are also eager to see completed analytical work currently underway by independent researchers at Kansas State and Texas Tech universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat Animal Research Center and the Beef Check-off, which should be available early in 2011.  Because we saw a favorable immune system response to the vaccine that we were hoping for, and the cattle had no adverse reaction, we believe there is enough evidence to move forward with a second vaccine trial, and anticipate doing so in summer 2011, at a midwest beef processing facility supplied by midsize feedlots in the region.  We're determining the best way to proceed with this science-based, evolutionary process, which we hope will lead to validating the potential value of vaccine as another food safety tool for beef production."

According to Schaefer, there are numerous factors that influence the potential effectiveness of vaccine for reducing naturally, randomly occurring E.coli O157:H7 in beef cattle, including weather, geography, seasonality, animal and herd care and management, vaccine dosage and others, which creates a challenge in replicating the prior trial.

Additionally, Cargill noted a low level of E.coli O157:H7 in the beef being produced at Fort Morgan from the non-vaccinated (co
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