Tag Archives: E. coli

Watch antibiotic resistance evolve before your eyes!

Thanks to MCRO student Jack Iasiello for sending me a link to a fascinating video of how E. coli can quickly evolve antibiotic resistance. Harvard University and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology set up a 2 foot by 4 foot “petri … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports details information on ground beef contamination with bacterial pathogens

In my previous blog post, I was discussing how Consumer Reports had conducted an investigation into contamination of retail chicken with known bacterial pathogens. We then discussed in class ground beef, and the likelihood that it will always be contaminated with … Continue reading

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Is there still viable (living) bacteria on a frozen chicken?

Can bacteria survive the freezer? Bacteria will freeze along with the food they are on when they are stuck into a freezer. The pathogenic bacteria on foods that cause human disease  are primarily mesophiles or organisms that grow best at around 37 degrees Celsius.  In a … Continue reading

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Don’t Eat Road Kill

Don’t eat road kill. Now, for the majority of you out there, this shouldn’t be breaking news. However, to a Minnesota town, this may be important to discuss. This actually occurred back in 2010 but the article is from MSNBC.com yesterday. The … Continue reading

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Ground beef and O157:H7

One million pounds of ground beef are being recalled due potential contamination with  E. coli O157:H7. Approximately, 7 people have fallen ill so far. The reason why ground beef is so problematic is that people do not fully cook their ground … Continue reading

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Very scary stuff

Are we creating monsters in real life? I think so. However, we seem to be fairly oblivious to the fact that they are out there and becoming more dangerous. Last week we discussed the dramatically higher incidence of VRE in … Continue reading

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