A Vaccine Against Food Poisoning?

Researchers are in the process of creating a number of vaccines against foodborne disease like salmonella and listeria. They are hoping to develop a single vaccine that would protect against multiple bacterial pathogens in food, and they want to transfer the vaccine into plants like bananas or corn for delivery to humans. Rather than making more vaccines, it seems a much more logical approach would be to seek out methods of producing food that minimize such risks, rather than the mass-producing factory farms that are currently used. Right now, you can reduce your own risk by seeking out high-quality sources of food like meat and vegetables. Further, a vaccine against salmonella seems largely unnecessary when you consider that in most people salmonella is a self-limiting illness and is easily treated with high doses of probiotics.

Science Daily May 25, 2004

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