05 Jun '11, 6pm

Bean sprouts might be responsible for killer bacteria

HANOVER, Germany: Bean sprouts from the German state of Lower-Saxony are suspected of being the source of the deadly E. coli outbreak which has killed 22 people, the region's agriculture ministry said on Sunday. There was no definite proof as yet but "a connection has been found involving all the main outbreaks," regional agriculture minister Gert Lindermann told a news conference. Initial test results from a farm producing the bean sprouts, on the outskirts of Lueneburg, showed contamination by the bacteria, the minister said, adding that two people working there had fallen ill, and that one was definitely sick with the bacteria. Early indications are that the farm "is at least one of the sources of contamination," he added. The bean sprouts are from a variety of products, mainly lettuce, his ministry said in a statement. The sprouts grow in "temperatures of 37 degrees ce...

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