Faculty Advisor

Crusberg, Theodore C.

Abstract

This Major Qualifying Project examined the presence of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli 0157:H7 in food sources from local markets. Ten samples of foods provided by both organic and inorganic growers were tested. The samples were prepared using standard laboratory procedures and tested on a specially formulated medium obtained commercially for this particular organism, Rainbow Agar 0157. One out of 10 samples gave a positive result. Every result was then justified using the agglutination test, RIM E. coli 0157:H7 Latex Test. All were tested negative. Therefore, no enterohemorrhagic E. coli was found in the foods that were tested.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Major

Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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