E.coli Calamity Blamed on German Sprouts
The origin of the rampaging E.coli outbreak in Germany and other parts of Europe has finally been traced to a German farm. The calamity has taken a toll of 22 people and hospitalized greater than 2,200 patients.
The culprit farm is situated in Uelzen area between Hanover and Hamburg. Many restaurants have used sprouts from this farm in salads.
Initially, Spanish produce had been blamed, leading to vociferous protests from Spanish farmers, who faced a severe financial impact. But, now the blame is squarely on this German organic farm.
Health authorities shut down the farm and recalled its produce including potatoes, flowers, fruits and fresh herbs. They suspect sprouts of radishes, garlic lentils, chickpeas, peas, broccoli and mung beans grown at the farm to be contaminated.
The sprouts are grown at a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is ideal for bacteria to grow and multiply. Health authorities have warned Germans not to consume suspicious produce such as sprouts, lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes.