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Researchers say $25M grant has increased safety of U.S. beef.

Five years ago the USDA’s Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded a $25 million grant to the University of Nebraska and 14 other universities and two research organizations to study the Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC). This project has given scientists a better understanding of the ecology and frequency of the potentially deadly E. coli pathogen in cattle and beef products. Two-thirds of the original $25 million grant has been used for research and one-third has been used for education and outreach.

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