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Attention all STEC CAP Collaborators! NIFA is currently looking to fill the position of Deputy Director for the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition. If you, or someone you know, is qualified and interested in this opportunity, please see the following description from NIFA and the linked posting.

"NIFA is currently recruiting for the position of Deputy Director for the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition. This is a critical leadership position for NIFA and is a permanent career SES position. Our goal is to have an extensive search that attracts a very broad and diverse pool of highly qualified candidates. The position is currently posted on USA Jobs ( and will soon be posted on the NIFA website under job opportunities. The job announcement number is AG-22-2015-0016. All applications must be received by December 5, 2014."

Deputy Director for the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition Job Posting

What is STEC?


STEC is an acronym for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli. Most E. coli bacteria are normal inhabitants of the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, and are non-pathogenic (do not cause disease).

Human outbreaks of STEC-related disease occur through consumption of contaminated food or water, through direct contact with infected animals or environments contaminated by their feces, or by direct human-to-human contact with infected persons (i.e. secondary infections). Cattle and other ruminant animals, such as deer, are natural reservoirs of STEC, which can lead to contamination of meat and milk during harvest and processing.

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STEC Impacts

Fall/Winter 2014

STEC CAP and BCI Develop Training Modules for E. coli Prevention in Beef Cattle

The Role of Cooperative Extension in Food Safety

Spring/Summer 2014

Researchers Improve E. Coli Detection

Governor's Conference on Ensuring Food Safety

Texas Researchers give E.coli STEC Project Update

Kansas State University Utilizes @RISK to Aid in Biosecurity for Beef Cattle

E. coli outbreak prompts recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef

1.8 million pounds of beef recalled, linked to E. coli

Contaminated ground beef linked linked to E. coli O157:H7 outbreak

Summer 2013

Dr Dan Thompson recognized as one of the top 20 beef and dairy cattle veterinarians in the country

Nebraska to be the new #1 cattle feeding state

Davey Griffin named an AMSA Fellow and is a recipient of the 2013 AMSA Signal Service Award

Spring 2013

Video Observation and Video Coding Methods to Access Food Handling Practices at Food Service

20 years after deadly E. coli outbreak, some food safety standards fading

Seminar Announcment:  Meat Safety Management in a Complex World by Scott Goltry, Vice President of Technical Services, American Meat Institute, February 26th, 4:00pm The live stream will be available at

Fall 2012

UNL 2012 Research Report: Reducing Health Risks from E. coli

Nebraska Farmer November issue: "UNL leading effort to corral E. coli"

Secretary's Honor Award to member of the USDA STEC Team (Source: USDA-ARS)

Cost of E. coli O157 infections at $244 million annually in Canada (Source:

North Carolina fair linked to E. coli outbreak (

Table of petting zoo outbreaks (Source: Bites KSU)

Research at Level-3 Laboratory Paving the Way for Food Safety, Health For All

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Barf Blog Food safety news from North Carolina State's Ben Chapman

 Bites - Safe Food from Farm to Fork Food safety news from Kansas State University