Canadian e.coli vaccine approved

Food safety in Canada received a boost today with the announcement that an e.coli vaccine with the potential to reduce risk to human health has been approved for use in Canada.

Econiche, a livestock vaccine that greatly reduces the shedding of e.coli O157:H7 by beef and dairy cattle, is now available to Canadian farmers.

This particular strain of e.coli can cause severe illness and even death in humans. It is the one behind the recent outbreak in North Bay linked to a Harvey’s restaurant, and was responsible for the Walkerton tragedy, where the town’s contaminated water supply killed seven people and sickened many more.

Developed in Canada, Econiche will be manufactured in the Bioniche production facility in Belleville, Ontario.

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