May 31st, 2012
11:18 AM ET

USDA to test for six more serious strains of E.coli

In an effort to reduce the risk of eating contaminated meat, the USDA will expand the search for dangerous bacteria.

Beginning next Monday, the U.S Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection services (FSIS) will begin testing ground beef for six additional strains of E.coli that are responsible for a number of serious illnesses in the United States.  If the meat is found to be contaminated, it will not be allowed to be sold and could be subject to a recall.

There are over 700 different strains of the bacteria E.coli. Although most of these types are harmless, there are those that can cause serious problems, by attacking the intestinal tract. Contracting certain forms of E.coli can lead to such problems as diarrhea, nausea, dehydration and in some severe cases, death.


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