AgriLabs is proud to announce the availability of America's first conditionally-licensed E. coli O157 vaccine for cattle.
E. coli O157 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause intestinal upset, dehydration, and kidney failure. People with weakened immune systems, children and the elderly are the most susceptible to food-borne illness caused by E. coli.
These bacteria live in the intestinal tract of normal, healthy cattle, but don't cause disease in these cattle. During processing, the bacteria can find their way into ground beef, and if improperly cooked, a serious outbreak of the disease can occur when the food is eaten.
"The new E. coli O157 Bacterial Extract from Epitopix is the first O157 vaccine conditionally licensed for sale in the US, and represents a significant breakthrough," reports Charlie Higdon, AgriLabs business unit manager. "The SRP O157 vaccine is the first and only immunological weapon available to the dairy industry to battle against this significant food safety concern.”