Sunday, June 5, 2011

E. Coli Outbreak from Vegetable Sprouts

An agriculture official stated Sunday that the recent E. Coli outbreak in Europe is the result of vegetable sprouts, including beans, which were grown in Germany. The outbreak has resulted in 22 fatalities and thousands ill. Preliminary testing traced the bean sprouts back to an organic farm in Uelzen, which has resulted in the shutting down of the farm. Additionally, all of its recent produce has been recalled. Bean plants were not the only suspicious looking plants; lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes also came under scrutiny. The outbreak has also raised suspicion of organically grown food in this part of Europe; a German by the name of Dietrich Benni was quoted as saying, "No more organic food for me for now."

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