Escherichia coli O157:H7 and other Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC)
Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) are a large and diverse group of bacteria. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O157:H7 is a kind of E. coli that can cause disease by making a toxin called Shiga toxin. Often when you hear news reports about outbreaks of E. coli infections, they are talking about E. coli O157:H7.
- Questions on Safe Food Handling ("Ask USDA")
- Food Safety Fact Sheets
- E. coli recalls and news releases: All recall information, including reports of recalls for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, is available in the FSIS Recalls section.
- Questions and Answers on E. coli from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Directives & Notices
- Microbiological Testing Program for Escherichia Coli O157:H7 Directive 10,010.1 & Attachments
- Laboratory Services - 10,000 Series Directives
- More Regulations, Directives & Notices