Researchers from Kansas State University have concluded that cattle that are fed distiller’s grain, a byproduct of ethanol production, have an increased incidence of E. coli O157:H7.

T.G. Nagaraja, a professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at Kansas State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Jim Drouillard, a professor of animal sciences at Kansas State

Yesterday, the USDA announced that it has awarded $5.5 million to researchers who are working to determine the risk factors and prevention measures for E. coli O157:H7 contamination in fresh produce.

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service are providing the funding to ARS researcher Rob Mandrell and his collaborators

A study has found that the food-contaminating bug E. coli — which can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections and more severe illness in humans — appears to be developing resistance to antibiotics called fluoroquinolones in chickens, reports Reuters.

They found that 30 of the human specimens and 30 of the chicken specimens were resistant to