Beansprouts from Germany are continuing to undergo tests in a bid to identify the source of Europe’s deadly E.coli outbreak.
At the weekend German officials blamed beansprouts grown in the north of the country for the outbreak, which has claimed at least 22 lives.
However, early tests on beansprouts from the farm identified as the source have proved negative, casting doubt on the officials’ claims. Twenty-three of 40 samples were given the all-clear, while tests continue on the remaining samples.
The confusion comes after German authorities initially claimed Spanish cucumbers were behind the outbreak. The accusation was subsequently found to be false, prompting Spanish growers to seek compensation as sales collapsed.
More than 2,200 people have fallen ill since the crisis began.
UK cucumber prices fall by 30% as E.coli triggers supply glut (4 June 2011)
Unanswered questions over Europe’s deadly E.coli crisis (analysis; 4 June 2011)
Editor's Comment: Fallout of E.coli tragedy could devastate fresh produce industry (4 June 2011)