10 Jun '11, 9pm

For reals this time? Germany identifies bean sprouts as the cause behind E coli outbreak

BERLIN - German vegetable sprouts caused the E coli outbreak that has killed 31 people and made more than 3,000 people ill, investigators announced yesterday after tracking the bacteria from patients in hospital beds to restaurants and then farm fields. At a news conference here, Mr Reinhard Burger, the head of the Robert Koch Institute - the country's Disease Control Agency - said the outbreak was "not yet over" because "there will be new cases coming up". Doubts about the cause of the illness have blossomed with the authorities first saying the infection came from imported Spanish cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce. After initially warning consumers not to eat those products, the authorities said last weekend that contaminated bean sprouts were the source. But tests carried out on bean sprout samples produced only negative results. Mr Burger said investigations centring on ...

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