Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Let’s Talk About: E. coli
E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a bacteria found in the intestines of healthy humans and animals. However, certain strains of E. coli bacteria can lead to sickness when ingested. E. coli outbreaks often receive significant media attention leading to misunderstanding within the general public. The media often suggests that modern agricultural production has increased the prevalence of E.coli. This is far from the truth it is important for consumers to understand the sources of E. coli, the association between E. coli and agriculture, and ways to prevent E. coli ingestion.
American Farm Bureau Policy
The American Farm Bureau Federation (“AFBF”) believes that “ensuring a safe, secure food supply is a critical concern when establishing domestic and international policy. We should continue to communicate accurate, timely information on food safety issues to the mainstream media and the general public.” AFBF’s goal is to “improve awareness and understanding of agriculture’s commitment to providing a safe, high quality food supply at a reasonable price to the public.”
Additionally the AFBF supports “utilization of USDA approved technologies, such as cold pasteurization and high pressure processing to eliminate E.coli and other pathogens from our food supply.”[i]
Source of E. coli
E. coli and Agriculture
[i] American Farm Bureau Federation. (2015). Policies (p.117). San Diego, CA.
[ii] Organic Trade Association. (2011). Manure Facts.
[iii] Blythe, Bruce. The Packer. (2011). It is the sprouts.
[iv] Doane’s Agricultural Report. (June 17, 2011). News Briefs.
[v] Blythe, Bruce. The Packer. (2011). It is the sprouts.
[vi] News Desk. Food Safety News. (2015). Group Seeks to Reverse Slight Upward Trend in E. Coli in Ground Beef.
[vii] Heller, Marc. Watertown Daily Times. (2011). Gillibrand offers food safety bill. . coli outbreak: Senator calling for expanded testing of meat in the United States.
[viii] Blythe, Bruce. Drovers Cattle Network. (2011). Europe’s E. coli outbreaks puts U.S. meat under greater scrutiny.
[ix] U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 2013.
[x] News Desk. Food Safety News. (2015). Group Seeks to Reverse Slight Upward Trend in E. Coli in Ground Beef.
[xi] Mayo Clinic Staff. Mayo Clinic. (2009). E. coli. Prevention.
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