E. coli O157:H7 in Frozen Raw Ground Beef Patties

  • International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods Staff


This chapter is concerned with Escherichia coli O157:H7 in frozen raw ground beef patties. The information follows the principles outlined in earlier chapters. The unique severity of the pathogen and its impact among children under five years of age warrant special consideration. In this example, the merits of microbiological testing will be explored as a potential control measure to enhance the safety of ground beef. A significant portion of this material was published as a discussion paper (Tompkin & Bodnaruk, 1999). This example draws primarily on data from the US. The information may be applicable in other countries with similar prevalence rates in ground beef and where undercooking is a risk factor.


Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Sampling Plan Ground Beef Canadian Food Inspection Agency Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point 
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