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Use of chlorate ion or preparations thereof for reduction of food borne pathogens

Anderson, R.C., Nisbet, D.J., Stanker, L.H.
United States Department of Agriculture patents 2004 no.US 6,761,911 B2
food pathogens, enteropathogens, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Clostridium, bacterial contamination, antimicrobial agents, chlorates, cations, food animals, intestinal microorganisms, ions, animal-based foods, patents, USDA, United States
The invention provides a method and compositions for controlling food borne enteric bacterial pathogens in animals. Populations of enteropathogenic bacteria may be substantially reduced or eliminated by treatment of animals with an effective amount of the compound X.sub.m (ClO.sub.3).sub.n, wherein X is a cationic moiety and m and n are independently selected from integers necessary to provide a net valency of 0. The compounds may be administered orally, providing a reduction in the populations of the enteropathogenic bacteria in the alimentary tract of the animal, or they may be applied externally onto the animal to reduce the populations of any such bacteria which may be present as contaminants on the surface of the animal. The method and compositions are particularly useful for the control of Salmonella species, enteropathogenic Escherichia coli, and Clostridia species.