Egypt denies being source of E.coliJuly 7th, 2011 - 5:33 am ICT by IANS
Cairo, July 7 (IANS) Egypt has denied reports that the country’s fenugreek seeds exported to Europe caused the E.coli infections that claimed dozens of lives.
Officials from the Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine took and analysed fenugreek seeds from the warehouse of the exporter and all results were negative, Xinhua reported citing a statement from the agricultural ministry.
“E.coli strain has not been reported in Egypt and no illness cases have been found,” it said.
If fenugreek sprouts are suspected to be contaminated with E.coli strain, it could be related to different handling processes, such as re-packing or water used for sprouting, it added.
The European Union has agreed to ban import of certain seeds from Egypt.
The European Food Safety Authority had published Tuesday a report on the E.coli outbreak in Germany and France. It indicated that fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt were the most likely source of the outbreak.
The outbreak has killed over 50 people in Europe since it was first reported in May.
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