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Meat microbiologist Lynn McMullen is part of a team that has created a test that rapidly detects E. coli in meat.

Alberta researchers hot on the trail of deadly bacteria

In response to the E. coli contamination at XL Foods, scientists 
have devised a test that slashes detection time in half


Reading Time: 3 minutes The time it takes to detect E. coli in a meat-processing plant has been cut in half, thanks to technology developed by researchers from the University of Alberta. “We have been able to shorten the time and we can go from cold meat to detection of Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli within five to six hours,” said Lynn […] Read more

“We have to be prepared to live in a world where this infection and this disease is going to continue to recycle throughout herds in the United States, the world, and potentially herds in Canada.” – Egan Brockhoff

Hog industry braces for PED re-infection

A farm in Indiana has suffered a second outbreak of the deadly PED virus, and Canadian hog producers 
can expect the same risk in their own herds

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian hog producers could see increased mortality in their herds as the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus begins to re-infect hog herds, says an Alberta livestock veterinarian. “We have to be prepared to live in a world where this infection and this disease is going to continue to recycle throughout herds in the United States, […] Read more