December 15, 2006
December 15, 2006 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service has patented a new chlorate-based compound that when added in small amounts to cattle feed two days before slaughter significantly reduces levels of salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 in the animals' digestive tract.
In some tests, levels fell from 100,000 E. coli cells per gram of fecal material to 100. The agency obtained similar results with salmonella in swine, sheep and poultry.
The compound is added to feed at levels ranging from 0.5 percent to 5 percent of an animal's diet two days before slaughter.
The compound will be submitted to regulatory agencies soon for approval as a feed additive. Reprinted from meatingplace.com