University receives $25 million USDA grant to study E. coli in beef
LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has received a $25 million grant to study the occurrence of E. coli strains in beef, according to a press release.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture''s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the grant Monday.
The project targets Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, or STEC, which cause more than 265,000 illnesses in the United States annually.
Studies will include the best-known STEC, E. coli O157:H7, along with seven strains that are not as well understood, partly because outbreaks due to these strains are rarely identified.
"This research has enormous ramifications here in Nebraska and across the nation," said UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman. "Beef is big business in the state, and the industry prides itself on delivering a safe product to consumers. This project will help ensure the safety of beef products, through the research conducted at participating institutions, the transfer of this knowledge to collaborators in the beef industry and educational programs for consumers."