E. coli O157:h7 Vaccine: Another Tool for the Intervention Toolbox
By Dr. Lynn Delmore
Dr. Bob Delmore
California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo
Ask some of the industry participants at the recent 2008 Beef Safety Summit sponsored by the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCO) about an E. coli O157:H7 vaccine and they are very interested. They view it not as a cure but as another tool to use in the ongoing battle with E. coli O157:H7. The fight with this stubborn pathogen is nothing new but the “up-tick” in E. coli positives and associated recalls has feeders and packers again looking at a variety of interventions.