Updated IFST Information Statement on Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) Food Poisoning and its Prevention

We have updated our Information Statement on Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) Food Poisoning and its Prevention.

The shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are important and occasionally lethal foodborne pathogens. Initially nicknamed the ‘hamburger bug’, it is now known that a diverse range of foods can act as vehicles for the transmission of STEC infections, even wheat flour. The STEC comprise many serotypes and can possess a variety of pathogenicity determinants and this complicates their detection in foods, although the O157 serogroup predominates. This information statement is an update providing refreshed coverage of:

  • The clinical picture and epidemiology of STEC infections
  • Outbreaks
  • Control of STEC in the food industry
  • Testing methods

IFST’s Information Statements summarise the authoritative and impartial science behind key food science issues. They are peer-reviewed by IFST’s Scientific Committee.