A study was conducted to investigate the reduction and elimination of Escherichia coli O157:H7 by the effects of gamma irradiation and ozone treatment. Log phase cells were found to be more sensitive to gamma irradiation than stationary phase cells. E. coli O157:H7 was found tobe considerably more resistant to irradiation at −18°C than at 20°C. The D values for this organism for treatment with ozone in tryptic soy agar were higher than those for treatment with ozone in phosphate buffer. Gamma irradiation at a dose of 1.5 kGy or ozone treatment at a concentration of 3 to 18 ppm for 20 to 50 min was required to assure the elimination of E. coli O157:H7.

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