STEC causes disease by producing the Shiga toxin, which can cause severe damage to the lining of the intestine and to other target organs, such as the kidneys.
SHIFT20, the Institute of Food Technology’s (IFT) 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo, is occurring virtually this year, but that hasn’t halted the collaboration and engagement that allows participants to see food innovation through a new lens. Two sessions in particular are hosted by bioMérieux colleagues: an IFT Featured Session, “Data Revolution: Is Food Safety Sitting on the Sidelines?”, and an IFT Hot Topic Session, “Food Safety: Going Viral.”
About 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are used in the animal health and agriculture sectors. This portion contributes significantly to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as antibiotic dosing regimens tend to be less controlled in agriculture compared to human medicine. AMR is one of our world’s most pressing healthcare challenges and the misuse of antibiotics causes AMR to occur more rapidly.