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German beansprouts blamed for the European outbreak of E. coli which has left 29 dead and almost 3,000 seriously ill

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beansroutsGERMAN bean sprouts were today officially blamed for the European outbreak of E. coli which has left 29 dead and almost 3,000 seriously ill.

Reinhard Burger, boss of Germany's national disease control centre, said evidence had emerged pointing the finger at a beansprout farm in Lower Saxony.

He said: "It is the sprouts,"  adding that warnings against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce were being lifted.

Initially German food poisoning experts blamed Spanish cucumbers before extending health warnings to all raw vegetables sparking a consumer panic across Europe that has crippling parts of the agriculture industry.


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