WED. APRIL 4, 2012 1:00PM CST

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Pre-harvest interventions:
The cost-benefit ratio of E. coli vaccines

For enteric bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7, post-harvest interventions are well-documented and highly effective. A new study has found that vaccinating livestock prior to slaughter may cut foodborne illness associated with ground beef in half. Although early results are promising, one big question remains: What will it take for such vaccines to reach critical mass?"

Impact on the beef industry


The former deputy undersecretary for food safety with the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service specializes in risk assessment,antibiotic resistance and epidemiology. Hurd will analyze the potential impact of widespread vaccine adoption. MORE

The efficacy of E. coli vaccine


He works to fill data gaps concerning pre-harvest ecology and mitigation of E. coli O157, Salmonella and antimicrobial drug resistance. Loneragan will discuss the impact of E. coli O157 and what the latest regulatory implications are. He'll also review vaccine efficacy data. MORE

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