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Evaluation of Essential Oils as an Alternative to Dietary Antibiotics to Control Food-borne Pathogens in Livestock


This study is to identify essential oils that can selectively inhibit the growth of Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 in vitro. It will also examine the effects of identified essential oils on Salmonella and E.coli O157:H7, gut flora, gut health, and animal growth performance in vivo.

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Expected Impact of Project Outcomes on Food Safety in Ontario: The success of this project would provide an alternative means to control Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 in swine production. This could potentially reduce the reliance of the industry on dietary antibiotics, minimize the development of antibiotic resistance and enhance Ontario food safety and quality. <P> For more information, please visit the <a href="; target="_blank">Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Food Safety Research Program</a>.

Gong, Joshua
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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