In light of an E. coli outbreak that's claimed six lives in Germany and sickened hundreds more throughout Europe, Germany's Ministry of Health is advising citizens to avoid eating raw produce - especially cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes - and make sure that all vegetables are cooked to 70°C (158°F). Freezing food does not reliably kill the E. coli bacteria.
The source of the outbreak has yet to be traced, but authorities are investigating a shipment of organic cucumbers originating from Spain, packaged in Germany, and distributed to countries including Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg and Spain.
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