Suspected EHEC seeds taken for testing in the Netherlands
The new Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority nVWA has taken samples of fenugreek seeds possibly carrying the EHEC bacteria from two garden centres in the southern Dutch province of Limburg.
The authority advises people not to eat the germinated seeds as a precaution. The garden centres are trying to trace buyers and recommend throwing the seeds away or returning them. The samples of the seeds which were for sale under the name Sperli will be tested.
The authority is investigating whether other fenugreek seeds which are a possible source of infection have been sold in the Netherlands. Consumers are advised to go to the doctor at the first sign of diarrhoea if they have eaten sprouting vegetables.
The EHEC outbreak which began in the German city of Hamburg at the end of May has so far claimed almost 50 lives according to European Food Safety Authority figures last updated 5 July. EHEC is related to the E. Coli bacteria.
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