by Hana Levi Julian, MSW
A deadly outbreak of the E. coli pathogen that spread across Europe last month has been traced to a shipment of contaminated fenugreek seeds from Egypt. Originally it was believed that contaminated fresh produce from Spain was the source although no conclusive evidence was found.
The seeds were apparently brought into Europe through a German importer, who then distributed the spice to others, according to a joint report released Thursday by investigators.
“The consumption of fenugreek sprouts has been implicated as a possible source of the recent E. coli O104:H4 outbreak in Germany and France,” reported the European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
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