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January 16, 2007

Anti E. coli vaccine for Canadian cows

Groundbreaking cattle vaccination created to protect against E. coli
According to the Lacombe Globe (Alberta), Canada has recently approved a vaccine for use in cows to prevent the E. coli O157:H7 bacterium from spreading to water and food.  The vaccine is available on a very limited basis at this point, but according to the article, 30,000 cows from Saskatoon and Nebraska have already been vaccinated.

From Medical News Today.com:

"The Bioniche E. coli O157:H7 vaccine, developed through a partnership with the University of British Columbia, the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan and the Alberta Research Council, is a world's first," said Graeme McRae, President & CEO of Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. "Bioniche believes that this vaccine will be an important factor in helping to reduce the prevalence of this toxic bacterium, first implicated in meat contamination and now being increasingly identified as a contaminant of produce. CFIA's approval gives the Company a clear and manageable pathway to full licensure."

January 16, 2007 in food safety | Permalink

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