Packed with danger

2019-03-07 03:17:07

By Debora MacKenzie A VIRULENT strain of Escherichia coli that kills 60 people a year in the US alone is more common in cattle than previously thought. The American meat industry says cleaning carcasses will stop the spread of infection. But Canadian scientists say meat is infected after the carcass is cleaned, because meat-cutting equipment in packing plants cannot be disinfected. The bacterium E. coliO157:H7 produces toxins that cause bloody diarrhoea and can lead to kidney failure. Cattle pick it up from faeces in drinking water,