03 Jun '11, 4pm

No proof vegetables behind E. coli outbreak: lab

No proof vegetables behind E. coli outbreak: lab

ROME : Scientific tests have failed to support the hypothesis that contaminated vegetables are behind a deadly bacteria outbreak in Europe, the EU's Reference Laboratory for E.coli in Rome said on Friday. "Alarmism over the consumption of vegetables is not justified... since laboratory analyses do not support the hypothesis that contaminated vegetables were the source of the infection," the laboratory said in a statement. The laboratory, part of Italy's Higher Institute for Health (ISS), said it would be sufficient to follow basic kitchen hygiene to avoid infection, such as washing hands after handling food and ensuring knives are clean. "The only previous detection of a similar strain, although with a different serotype was carried out in ISS laboratories in relation to a small epidemic of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) in France," it said. HUS, a kidney disease, usual...

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