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E. coli officials investigate France fenugreek link

Fenugreek seeds exported from Egypt to France and Germany may have caused an E. coli outbreak that has killed 48 people in Europe, the European Food Safety Authority said on Wednesday.

 

E. coli officials investigate France fenugreek link
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Fenugreek seeds exported from Egypt to France and Germany may have caused an E. coli outbreak that has killed 48 people in Europe, the European Food Safety Authority said on Wednesday.

A “rapid risk assessment” conducted by the EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), “has thus far shown” that Egyptian seeds exported in 2009 and 2010 may be implicated, it said in a statement.

“There is still much uncertainty about whether this is truly the common cause of all the infections as there are currently no positive bacteriological results,” it stressed.

At least 48 people have died from an outbreak of a killer strain of E. coli bacteria centred in Germany, blamed on organic vegetable sprouts.

There has also been a separate outbreak in France linked by the government to a British sprout company in which 10 people were taken ill.

Sweden on Tuesday say it had detected the first case of infection in someone who had no link to Germany.

All the deaths so far were in Germany, except for a woman in Sweden who died after being infected in Germany.

The statement said the 2009 lot appears to be linked to the outbreak in France, and the 2010 lot to that in Germany.

“This link does not explain the most recent case in Sweden, currently under investigation, and in which thus far no consumption of sprouts has been implicated.”

The agencies said they had requested an urgent probe of the distribution of seeds from the two lots through Germany and Europe.

“The export of some of the seeds imported from Egypt to another company in the UK, from where the seeds were exported to France, demonstrates the necessity of this information.”

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French supermarkets recall reblochon cheeses after children hospitalised

French authorities ordered a recall of reblochon cheeses on Monday after six young children were hospitalised with E.coli infections traced to a producer.

French supermarkets recall reblochon cheeses after children hospitalised
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One of the children, who ranged from 18 months to three years old, was still in hospital after eating the raw-milk cheeses made by Chabert at its site in Cruseilles, eastern France.

The agriculture and health ministries said in a joint statement that reblochon cheeses made at the site, sold under a variety of brands, were being recalled “as a precautionary measure”.

The recall was first announced Friday but only involved Chabert cheeses sold by the Leclerc supermarket chain under an in-house brand called “Nos régions ont du talent”.

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But since then Carrefour and Intermarché supermarkets have also recalled the reblochon cheeses made under their own in-house brands “Reflets de France” and “Itinéraire des Saveurs”.

The hospitalised children had begun having kidney complications, while a seventh child was also infected but did not require additional treatment.

“Investigations are continuing at the company and with its milk suppliers to determine the exact source of the E.coli 026 contamination,” the ministries said, referring to the specific strain of the potentially fatal bacteria.

Authorities also urged parents not to let young children eat raw-milk cheese, just a few weeks after a recall of camembert cheeses following 
inspections at a producer which revealed E.coli contamination, though no illnesses were reported.

The reblochon recall comes as US authorities battle the biggest E.coli outbreak since 2006, warning people not to eat romaine lettuce unless they are certain of its origin after dozens of people got sick, including one person who died.

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