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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 7.21.2011

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E. Coli Can Linger in Streambeds for Months

Research shows bacteria survive longer in underwater sediments than in the water column itself

E. coli pathogens have already proven that they have a stubborn ability to survive in the human digestive system. Now, new research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that they’re also hardy enough to live for months in underwater sediments, sometimes even overwintering in streambeds.

Americans Fear Japanese-Imported Food

Only a quarter feel comfortable eating imported food in wake of Fukushima crisis

Only 25% of Americans would feel comfortable buying and eating food imported from Japan in the wake of the radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the earthquake and tsunami in March, according to a survey presented last week at the 2011 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

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