Pre-Harvest Vaccines in the Pipeline

By Michelle Greenhalgh, Food Safety News

With the plethora of beef recalls over recent years, companies and scientists are teaming up to develop pre-harvest vaccines for livestock used for food. Pre-harvest vaccines are administered to livestock to minimize the presence of naturally occurring bacteria within the ruminants that can cause human illness.

“There are animal health products under development to target organisms that may cause foodborne illness in people. Some of these products may come to market as drugs regulated by FDA and others may be biologics regulated by the USDA,” said Kent D. McClure, General Counsel for the Animal Health Institute.

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