Understanding E. coli

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 understanding e. coli Escherichia protecting yourself

An Escherichia, also known as E. coli, food poisoning outbreak impacting romaine lettuce has now made at least 98 people sick across the country. People in 25 states have reported E. coli infections linked to the outbreak. 

“People get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli an average of 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people get diarrhea (often bloody), severe stomach cramps and vomiting,” the CDC said

According to the FDA, consumers should follow these steps:

  • Wash the inside walls and shelves of the refrigerator, cutting boards and countertops

  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food

  • Wipe up spills in the refrigerator immediately and clean the refrigerator regularly

  • Always wash hands with hot, soapy water following the cleaning and sanitization process

  • Persons who think they might have become ill from eating potentially contaminated foods should consult their health care provider

Another step that can be taken to further protect yourself from E. coli and other outbreaks is by washing kitchen surfaces, utensils and produce with ozone. With oxidizing power 3,000 times more effective than bleach, ozone is the second most powerful oxidant in existence (deadly fluorine gas is first).

When ozone gas is introduced to an environment with bacteria, mold or any other organic material, it readily donates one of the oxygen atoms to oxidize or destroy that material. Ozone can also oxidize some inorganic materials like calcium and arsenic and a number of trace metals, such as iron. Once the third oxygen atom is used to oxidize an organic or inorganic contaminant, there is only an oxygen (O2) molecule left. This is one reason why ozone is preferred as an oxidant to various chemicals, because it does not leave any type of residual chemical.

A study indicated percent reduction of specific microorganisms at rates of:

  • Escherichia coli* 

    (ATCG 11229) …………………99.999%

    • Aspergillusfiavus 

    (ATCC 9296) …………………99.99%

    • Brettanomyces bruxellensis 

    (ATCC 10560) …………………99.99%

    • Campylobacterjejuni 

    (ATCC 33250) …………………99.99%

    • Listeria monoytogenes 

    (ATCC 7644) …………………99.99%

    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa 

    (ATCC 15442) …………………99.9999%

    Salmonella choleraesuis 

    (ATCC 10708) …………………99.9999%

    • Staphylococcus aureus 

    (ATCC 6538) …………………99.9999%

    • Trichophyton mentagropphytes 

    (ATCC 9533) …………………99.9999%

For water applications inside the home, we recommend the Aqua-8 Multi-Purpose Ozone Generator. Use the provided oblong diffuser stones to diffuse ozone into the water. In just a few minutes, you can feel certain that your fruits and vegetables have been eradicated of any harmful bacteria that may be residing on the surface.

aqua-8 multi-purpose ozone generator keeping produce fresh

To purchase an Aqua-8 ozone generator, click here.

Interested in more ozone applications? Check out the How To blog.

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