Fenugreek sprouts linked in E.coli outbreaks

Fenugreek sprouts linked in E.coli outbreaks

A joint assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) declared that fenugreek sprouts imported from Egypt are the most likely connection between the French cases and previous outbreak in Germany.

The German outbreak in May and June has so far killed 48 and sickened around 4,000 people, while the French outbreak in the region of Bordeaux affected 15 people, although there have so far been no fatalities.

The report said that all those struck down in France had attended the same community event on 8 June and consumed fenugreek, mustard and rucola sprouts. However, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said yesterday, that there is currently no definitive evidence to say that this is the source of either outbreak.

The bodies have all warned consumers not to eat raw sprouts because of the threat of cross contamination during re-packaging. EFSA and ECDC also strongly recommend that consumers do not even grow sprouts for their own consumption.

Links: Robert Koch Institut; BFR - Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung
Source: EFSA and ECDC