Make Our Food Safe
06/13/2011

"Germany finally confirms source of deadly E. coli outbreak"

Food Production Daily | Rory Harrington

"Following weeks of uncertainty, Germany said Friday that beansprouts are almost certainly the source of the deadly outbreak of E.coli 0104:H4 that has killed 35 and sickened 3,256.

A joint statement from the country’s food safety, disease control and risk assessment agencies declared it had been able to 'to narrow down the cause of the outbreak with a high degree of epidemiological certainty to the consumption of sprouts.'

'It's the bean sprouts,' said Reinhard Burger, head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) at a news conference.

German officials also lifted previous health warnings against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuces, while warning businesses and consumers that any beansprouts from the Lower Saxony farm at the centre of the investigation be destroyed..."

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