Commissioner David Byrne today welcomed the results of a Food and Veterinary Office survey of national actions to reduce the risk of food contamination by E. coli bacteria. He said the report provides interesting examples of good practices that could prove useful in tackling E-coli. The FVO report as published today gives an overview of the results of inspections undertaken during the past year in six EU countries on the operation of controls over verocytotoxigenic Escherichia coli (VTEC). The report finds that in all countries public and private operators are alert to the risks posed by VTEC contamination. Inspectors found a wide range of different public and private initiatives and control measures targeting VTEC contamination detection and prevention. The inspection visits focused on plants handling red meat, meat products and milk and milk products.