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EHS-Net Partners - Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Department of Health was an EHS-Net research partner working on a food research project in FY 2010-2015.

E. coli O157:H7 Rates and Legislation

This project examined the relationship between E. coli O157:H7 rates and implementation of a state law in 1994 that bars food establishments from serving undercooked ground beef to children under 12 years of age. The project examined foodborne illness outbreak data from 1996 to 2010 to determine whether:

  • E. coli O157:H7 rates were lower in Rhode Island than in other New England states.
  • The rate of change in E. coli O157:H7 rates were faster in Rhode Island than in other New England states.

Data from this project helped determine whether regulations prohibiting the sale of undercooked ground beef to children reduced foodborne illness.

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