IAFP 2015: A Word of Caution About STEC CAP Research for the Beef Industry

July 30, 2015

One reason food safety experts attend the annual International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting is to be reminded of the really big things that are going on.

One of those is definitely the Shiga-toxigenic E. coli Coordinated Agricultural Project, or STEC CAP for short. It’s a $25-million multi-disciplinary, multiple-year project at multiple land-grant research universities funded as a USDA Agriculture and Food Initiative.

Targets of the STEC CAP grant search are eight E. coli serotypes — the seven already declared as adulterants in U.S. beef and the European killer known at O104:H4. The five-year research program led by…