First published in 1997 but still pertinent today, the Institute of Food Technologists’ scientific status summary on E. coli O157:H7 describes the pathogen, its ability to infect, the inherent difficulties to inactivate it, and much more.

Titled Foodborne Disease Significance of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Other Enterohemorrhagic E. coli, the six-page document (plus references) and a one-page editorial is available to the public at

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