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Seaweed Solution

posted on July 19, 2002

To treat E. coli, kelp is on the way.

Researchers at Texas Tech University say they've found that certain kinds of seaweed can greatly reduce a potentially deadly strain of E. coli bacteria in beef.

A recent study concludes that if it's fed to cattle 14 days before slaughter, the seaweed commonly known as Norwegian kelp can reduce the occurrence of E. coli 0157 by some 300 percent.

Researchers have been looking for ways to reduce E. coli 0157 since it was first identified two decades ago.

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