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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 3.6.2012

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Expand Microbiological Data Progam, E. Coli Expert Urges

10-year-old USDA agency faces elimination

Rather than eliminating the 10-year-old Microbiological Data Program, which tests about 15,000 samples of produce such as sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes, and cantaloupe for pathogens annually, the USDA should expand the program, said Alfredo G. Torres, PhD, associate professor in the departments of microbiology and immunology and pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in Texas.

Electron-Beam Irradiation Reduces Produce Risk

Study eliminates rotavirus and poliovirus on lettuce and spinach

Electron-beam irradiation can inactivate rotavirus and poliovirus on lettuce and spinach, says a new study from researchers at the National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University in College Station

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