Sprouts caused European E. coli outbreak: investigators

German-grown produce blamed for infections that killed 31

Investigators have concluded that vegetable sprouts grown in Germany are responsible for the E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed 31 people and made more than 3,000 sick. The head of Germany’s national disease control centre, Reinhard Burger, said investigators tracked the bacteria from patients in hospital beds all the way to a farm in the Lower Saxony region, where sprouts tested positive for E. coli. The investigative team determined that separate groups of sick patients were linked to 26 restaurants and cafeterias that had received produce from the farm. Health experts warned that there may still be tainted sprouts in the food system and that people could still be infected with E. coli.

CBC News

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