Illness due to E.coli O157:H7 Down Significantly

US - America’s beef community remains dedicated to producing the safest food supply in the world through improved science-based prevention interventions, especially in the case of E. coli O157:H7, for which reported cases of the infection continue to decline, says the Beef Checkoff.
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E. coli O157:H7 has declined significantly and is the only one of the nine infections tracked to reach the 2010 national health objective target of less than one case per 100,000 people.

Overall, infections caused by key pathogens (including Campylobacter, Listeria, Shigella, Yersinia and E. coli) were 23 per cent lower in 2010 compared with laboratory-confirmed infections from 1996-1998.

From 1994 through 2011, cattlemen have invested more than $30 million of their beef checkoff dollars to beef safety research and outreach efforts. In addition, the beef community as a whole invests an estimated $550 million yearly, to implement, maintain and validate safety controls and conduct product testing.

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