In addition to intimin/ Shiga toxin, there are other recognized, and likely unrecognized, additional virulence determinants required for reliable detection and confirmation of pathogenic STEC. The FDA, CDC, FSIS, and other agencies believe that enhancing the scientific information available on STECs and improved detection and identification methodologies will result in reduced STEC illnesses. Therefore, the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) subcommittee was charged to identify virulence factors and attributes that define foodborne STEC as severe human pathogens.
In this session, the world renowned STEC experts will evaluate the current state of STEC testing of U.S. beef products from regulatory and industry perspectives. Further, the NACMCF sub-committee objectives will be described in addressing current STEC testing issues. New approaches for STEC testing based on virulence factors along with a future roadmap will be discussed.
The talks will be concluded with an interactive panel discussion ensuring participation from audience geared towards ‘if it should be a testing for pathogenic E. coli or just Top-7’. A one-page summary of the session will be published as a white paper in Food Protection Trends.