June 10th, 2011
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The origin of a bacterial outbreak that has killed at least 27 people in Europe has been traced to bean sprouts in Germany, a leading health official in the nation said Friday.

But even as investigators identified the source of an E. coli outbreak, officials warned the threat was not over as authorities cannot definitively say how or where the sprouts were infected.

Investigators determined bean sprouts were the cause of the outbreak after 17 people became ill after eating at the same restaurant, Reinhard Burger, President of the Robert Koch Institute, told reporters.

Authorities questioned people about what they ate and asked the cooks where the ingredients came from, Burger said.
The common denominator, he said, was only those who ate food containing the sprouts became ill.

Read - Official: E. coli outbreak traced to bean sprouts

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  1. Farruquet el Catala

    The mystery would have been discovered much earlier if the German politicians would use the cucumbers to prepare salad instead of using them to satisfy their anal sexual needs.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:14 am |
  2. so much for it being from Spain...

    Quick to blame the germans were... Its the others fault ! so much blaming tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers because infected people had eaten them... everybody eats lettuce, tomato or cucumber quite often. Stupid way to search for the origin considering nobody would remember to say they ate beansprouts cause nobody remembers the small things we eat, more like we remember the basic ingredients. Shame on them.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:00 am |
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