A California company is recalling more than 180,000 pounds of prepackaged salads and sandwich wraps containing chicken and ham following an outbreak of E. coli-related illnesses in three states, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
In early May, John Meyer stayed at a lakeside hotel in Hamburg, Germany. He attended a business conference. He went sailing. And he became one of the few U.S. victims in one of the worst food poisoning outbreaks in recent world history.
Reinhard Burger, president of the Robert Koch Institute, said even though no tests of the sprouts from an organic farm in Lower Saxony had come back positive for the E. coli strain behind the outbreak, an investigation into the pattern of the outbreak had produced enough evidence to draw the conclusion: German-grown vegetable sprouts caused the E. coli outbreak that killed 29 people and sickened nearly 3,000.
David Rising and Kirsten Grieshaber
, June 10, 2011
Dutch authorities recalled red beet sprouts from three countries
Thursday after samples were found to be contaminated with a strain of E. coli bacteria that was apparently less dangerous than the one causing Europe's deadly E. coli crisis, which has killed 27 people, sickened 2,900 others and left hundreds with serious complications, most of them in Germany.
The United States needs to act quickly before an outbreak of the E.coli magnitude claims lives here and exacts a massive economic toll, according to the Star Tribune editorial. "Unfortunately," it states, "the U.S. Congress is poised to make a reckless retreat on the food safety front by not funding the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act, which brings America's horse-and-buggy food safety laws into the age of supermarkets, fast food and globally grown produce."
The EU health chief earlier warned Germany against premature — and inaccurate — conclusions on the source of the contaminated food, which has left 22 dead, spread fear all over Europe and cost farmers in exports.
The Lower-Saxony state agriculture ministry said 23 of 40 samples from the sprout farm suspected of being behind the outbreak have tested negative for the highly aggressive, "super-toxic" strain of E. coli bacteria. It said tests were still under way on the other 17 sprout samples.
The terrifying E. coli outbreak in Europe appears to have been caused by vegetable sprouts grown on an organic farm in Germany, an agriculture official said Sunday as the toll climbed to at least 22 dead and more than 2,200 sickened.
All four were in northern Germany in May and officials are confident that they were infected with E. coli in that country. Three of them — two women and a man — are hospitalized with a kidney complication that has become a hallmark of the outbreak.
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