The FSA has changed its guidance on eating sprouted seeds after it had initially advised consumer not to eat any sprouted seeds unless they had been cooked until steaming hot.

The FSA now advises consumers to follow on-pack instructions, and to eat sprouted seeds raw if they are labelled "ready to eat" or "ready to wash". All other sprouted seeds should still be cooked thoroughly, the FSA said.

The FSA's previous advice, which had been issued after an outbreak of E.coli in France had been linked to a UK company, was criticised as too generic by parts of the fresh produce industry, which pointed out that some types of sprouted seeds were not meant to be cooked.

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