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Scientists at USDA Says CREAGRI HIDROX® Effective Against Staphylococcus aureus Bacteria and Staphylococcus Enterotoxin A
Date:8/11/2011

HAYWARD, Calif., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- While media worldwide report almost on a weekly basis about new outbreaks of  food-borne bacterial epidemics, a new USDA study finds that olive polyphenols can inactivate one of the bacteria--and its toxins--at the center of many of today's most deadly food poisoning occurrences.

In a ground-breaking research conducted at the Albany, California, Western Regional Center, a group of USDA researchers led by chief scientist Mendel Friedman has found that HIDROX®, CREAGRI Inc. hydroxytyrosol based formulation of olive polyphenols, is able to inactivate both Staphylococcus aureus pathogens and the toxin produced by these pathogens.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million food-borne illness cases occur in the United States every year.  At least 128,000 Americans are hospitalized, and 3,000 die after eating contaminated food.  According to researchers at the Ohio State University, Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of food-borne illness. Data diffused by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and reported by the Family Practice News Digital Network, furthermore confirm that more people in the United States now die annually of methicillin-resistant S. aureus than of AIDS. More recently, online medical journal The Clinical Advisor has reported that methicillin-resistant S. aureus continue to be a serious problem in hospitals around the world, causing thousands of deaths every year. In June of this year, a toxin similar to SEA produced by a mutated strain of E. coli sickened thousands of people across Europe and caused the death of more than 38 people.

"Natural antibacterial compounds such as HIDROX® can provide a safe, effective, viable and environmentally friendly alternative to antibiotics in the fight against drug resistant pathogens and their toxins," affirms Dr. Roberto Crea, CREAGRI's founder and CEO
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