Friday, June 10, 2011

Germany says sprouts are cause of E. coli outbreak

> They've been blamed before, but this time, Germany's investigators feel quite certain that contaminated vegetable sprouts from a local farm caused Europe's current E. coli outbreak, the deadliest ever recorded.
>> "It is the sprouts," asserted Reinhard Burger, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, which is Germany's national disease control centre.
>> Burger said the outbreak, which has killed 29 and sickened nearly 3,000 -- including at least one Canadian -- is believed to have started on a small organic vegetable farm in Lower Saxony that first came under suspicion last weekend.

> Freshfel Europe, an agriculture industry group, published figures showing that sales of salad vegetables had stopped or plummeted across Europe after Germany wrongly blamed Spanish cucumbers for the deadly poisoning.
>> Cucumber sales either collapsed altogether or fell 80 per cent last week while trade in tomatoes dropped by 80 per cent and purchases of lettuce halved.
> During angry exchanges in the European Parliament, Francisco Sosa Wagner, a Spanish MEP, brandished a cucumber at Mr Dalli and demanded that the EU restore consumer confidence in salad vegetables.
>> “We need to restore the honour of the cucumber,” he said.

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