USDA to begin testing for additional strains of E. coli

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that it would begin implementing a zero-tolerance policy for six additional strains of E. coli that lead to sickness.

FSIS was to begin Monday routinely testing raw beef manufacturing trim, a major part of ground beef, for these strains, a news release said.

The additional strains are Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC) serogroups O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145.

“Like E. coli O157:H7, these serogroups can cause severe illness and even death, and young children and the elderly are at highest risk,” the news release said.

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