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USDA studies E. coli 'supershedders'

Wednesday, May 14, 2014  
Posted by: Emily Becker
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Meay & Poultry

CLAY CENTER, Neb. – "Supershedders" are the subject of new research by scientists with the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS). An estimated 2 percent of cattle are supershedders that shed high levels of pathogenic organisms such as E. coli O157:H7 in their manure. Researchers found that in supershedders, O157 colonization may occur throughout the supershedders' entire digestive system. USDA believes this information will help processing-plant managers when evaluating their facility's sanitation procedures. The study also revealed that supershedding was not restricted to any particular O157 strain…

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