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Re: Why does garlic kill E. Coli?

Date: Wed Dec 19 13:46:58 2001
Posted By: Jean Bergeron, Staff, Food Science, Quebec Dept. of Agriculture
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 1007914327.Gb

Hi, I didn't find what antimicrobial agent in garlic was responsible for destroying E. coli. Plants contain a lot of different constituants whose properties are still poorly known. But as a complement to your research, I found a study done at Kansas State University that concluded that garlic powder added to ground meat can provide protection against E. coli. That study was reported in many newspapers and on TV.
Good luck.

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