April 24, 2007
Viral spray could destroy E. coli
A small Baltimore biotech company next month will seek U.S. regulatory approval of a spray composed of bacteria-killing viruses that will destroy E. coli on raw hamburger and fresh produce. . . .
Spraying meat and produce during processing could lead to a dramatic decline in illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7, said John Vazzana, president and chief executive of Intralytix, the company developing the spray. . . .
Vazzana said the viruses, which are called bacteriophages, or phages, are E. coli's natural predator. Phages pose no harm to humans, he said, and in tests have been very effective in eliminating E. coli on a wide range of foods.
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