> Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 13:41:37 -0800
> From: Charles Benbrook <email@example.com>
> Subject: E. Coli 0157
> there is an affordable quick test for E.Coli 0157 that could be used in
> finished compost, the organic industry should consider adding it to the
> list of standard operating procedures. If one does not now exist, someone
> should work on it, because this problem is not going to go away and all
> sectors of agriculture have to become more diligent and sophisticated in
> avoiding problems.
There are 4 species noted for their
illness-causing ability. The other hundreds of e-coli
variants are considered benign and/or helpful.
Specific names from the FDA web site concerning
human-affecting food-borne pathogenic microorganisms and
natural toxins lists:
Enterovirulent Escherichia coli Group (EEC Group)
Escherichia coli - enterotoxigenic (ETEC)
Escherichia coli - enteropathogenic (EPEC)
Escherichia coli O157:H7 enterohemorrhagic (EHEC)
Escherichia coli - enteroinvasive (EIEC)
In addition to these pathogens there are dozens of others
that are real threats to people.
Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
Vibrio cholerae O1
Vibrio cholerae non-O1
Vibrio parahaemolyticus and other vibrios
Aeromonas hydrophila and other spp.
PARASITIC PROTOZOA and WORMS
Cyclospora cayetanensis Updated!
Anisakis sp. and related worms
Acanthamoeba and other free-living amoebae
Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura
Hepatitis A virus
Hepatitis E virus
Norwalk virus group
Other viral agents
Shellfish toxins (PSP, DSP, NSP, ASP)
Phytohaemagglutinin (Red kidney bean poisoning)
Grayanotoxin (Honey intoxication)
E-coli is the current scare "fad". Looks like a lot of
potential ones are in the wings.
The last I heard there is no problem in the small farm or
organic industry with e-coli of any type. I would like any
references to the contrary.
The most heavily controlled, tested, regulated and inspected
part of the food industry is the part that has exposed the
public to Escherichia coli pathogens!!!! Again, please
correct me if my research is wrong.
In actuality you cannot test, inspect or regulate quality
into a product. It has to be there in the first place.
The incredibly complicated and condescending "system"
implemented by the most powerful country in the world cannot
compete with the health track record of it's small farmer's
It's the different discipline and concept that does it, not
the tests for pathogens.
A doom sayer must have 100% control and can spot a potential
fly in a glass of water a mile a way then upon learning the
fly is not there state's "but it could have been". This is
the beginning point of the "consumer protection" racket.
Small farms are consumer protection organizations, not a
Considering the old saying about an organization soon begins
to resemble the one it was designed to replace then
additional regulatory burdens small and organic farmers
would have to undergo are a way to insure pathogens - not
Marc S. Nameth
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