E. coli prevalence rates similar in natural, organic and conventional beef systems: study


By Tom Johnston on 8/26/2009


A recent report by Kansas State University researchers found that natural, organic and conventional cattle production systems are similar in terms of prevalence rates of E. coli O157:H7 and antibiotic susceptibility, one of its authors told Meatingplace.

The report, published this month in the journal Applied & Environmental Microbiology, indicates that prevalences of E. coli O157:H7 in the feces of organically and naturally raised beef cattle (14.8 percent and 14.2 percent, respectively) are similar to those reported previously for conventionally raised feedlot cattle.

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