Sprouts to blame for Europe’s E coli outbreak

Posted by Rita Mu

Raw sprouts have been blamed for the E coli outbreak in Europe that has so far killed 35 people and left more than 3000 others sick.

Last Friday, epidemiological investigations by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Agency for Consumer Protection and Food Safety revealed sprouts from a horticultural farm in Lower Saxony had been contaminated with the same E coli strand found in victims. 

According to Lothar Beutin, head of the national E coli lab at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin, the E coli most likely got into food via human faeces.

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