Egyptian seeds named as source of German and French E. coli outbreaks

Investigators at the European Food Safety Authority have found a common link in Germany’s and France’s recent E. coli outbreaks: contaminated fenugreek seeds originating in Egypt. German health officials have confirmed the farm at the center of the outbreak had received fenugreek seeds from Egypt. Experts warn that additional contaminated seeds are likely still in circulation and may lead to additional outbreaks. The death toll from the German outbreak has risen to 50 (48 in Germany, 1 in Sweden and 1 in the US); over 4,000 were sickened.

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