Polysorbate slows E. coli poisoning

Polysorbates attack protective biofilm in which E. coli lives and renders the deadly bacteria harmless.

Polysorbate, an additive found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics, has been shown to slow the toxic effects of Escherichia coli poisoning.

The findings, featured in the current issue of the journal Biofouling, show that polysorbates attack the protective biofilm in which E. coli lives and renders the deadly bacteria harmless, according to Michigan State University associate professor of microbiology and molecular genetics Chris Waters, whose labora

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