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Treating Food with Bacteriophages Kills E. Coli

A new post from Futurity reports that “Treating food products with select bacteriophages—viruses that target and kill bacteria—could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a new study shows.” Researchers found that “an injection of bacteriophages—also known informally as “phages”—nearly eradicated a toxin-producing strain of E. coli in contaminated spinach and ground beef, in some cases decreasing E. coli concentrations by about 99 percent. The research suggests that bacteriophage treatment could be an effective tool to help ensure the safety of food products.”

Read it in Futurity.

Read the study in the Journal of Animal Science.