Sidebar: Eight Top E. Coli Fighters

Botanicals offer protection against foodborne pathogens.

A bit of lemongrass goes a long way to keep food safe.

Lemongrass is one of the botanicals found to fight foodborne pathogens such as E. coli.

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Food safety expert Mendel Friedman selected more than 200 natural plant oils and oil extracts for in-the-laboratory bouts with E. coli 0157:H7. Some of the best botanicals were later singled out for advanced testing in all-natural antimicrobial films. Top performers, ranked in order of their effectiveness, are: Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon, Palmaresa, Bay Leaf, Clove Bud, Lemongrass, Allspice. Source: Friedman et al., Journal of Food Protection, 2002, volume 65, pages 1545 to 1560.