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ARS, Company Team Up to Fight Biofilm Food Contamination

A former Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist and a private company worked to develop a new chemical formulation that could help meat processing plants keep work surfaces free of contamination.

Prior to her retirement, microbiologist Judy Arnold worked at the ARS Poultry Microbiological Safety Research Unit in Athens, Ga. In cooperation with Sterilex Corp. of Owings Mill, Md., she tested the company's proprietary formulation for controlling biofilms that contain the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. This organism, which can contaminate some ready-to-eat meats, causes serious illness in about 2,500 people each year, resulting in 500 deaths.
 
 

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