German tests link bean sprouts to deadly E. coli

first_img Sharing is caring! Share It is believed the bean sprouts were produced in GermanyNew data released in Germany strongly suggests that locally produced bean sprouts were, as suspected, the source of the deadly E. coli outbreak.“It’s the bean sprouts,” said Reinhard Burger, head of Germany’s centre for disease control.Officials initially blamed the E. coli, which has killed 29 people, on imported cucumbers, then bean sprouts.In another development, Russia agreed to lift its ban on imports of EU fresh vegetables in return for guarantees.The Russian ban had compounded a crisis for EU vegetable-growers, with Spanish cucumber producers wrongly blamed for the contamination.Mr Burger, who heads the Robert Koch Institute, told reporters on Friday that even though no tests of the sprouts from a farm in Lower Saxony had come back positive, the epidemiological investigation of the pattern of the outbreak had produced enough evidence to draw the conclusion.The institute, he added, was lifting its warning against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, but keeping it in place for the sprouts.Some 3,000 people have been taken ill with the German outbreak of E. coli, which involves a previously unknown strain of the bacterium.Sufferers may develop haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) where bacteria attack the kidneys and nervous system, giving them fits and often forcing them on to dialysis.‘Hot lead’“People who ate sprouts were nine times more likely to have bloody diarrhoea than those who did not,” Mr Burger said.Germany’s top disease control official said the origin of the contamination was still believed to be the small organic farm in Lower Saxony which first came under suspicion at the weekend.“The links are ever clearer – it’s a hot lead,” he told reporters in Berlin, at a joint news conference with the heads of Germany’s federal institute for risk assessment and federal office for consumer protection.He said it was possible that all tainted sprouts had now either been consumed or thrown away, but he warned the crisis was not yet over.“There will be new cases coming up,” he said.“Thousands of tests carried out on tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce have proved negative,” he added.Lower Saxony agriculture minister Gert Lindemann said earlier this week that experts had found no traces of the E. coli bacterium strain at the Bienenbuettel farm but he did not rule it out as the source of the contamination.In an interview to be published in next week’s edition of Focus magazine, Mr Lindemann said some 60 of the people taken ill had eaten sprouts from the farm, which employs about 15 people.Contamination might have been caused by contaminated seeds or “poor hygiene”, he added.Ban to be liftedThe agreement to lift the Russian ban was announced after talks between top EU officials including the Commission chief, Jose Manuel Barroso, and Russian counterparts in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.“We are ready to resume the shipments under guarantees of the EU authorities,” President Dmitry Medvedev told reporters.Russia’s top food safety officer, Gennady Onishchenko, said Russia would lift its prohibition after receiving food safety guarantees from the European Commission.Mr Barroso said the EU would send a form for issuing food safety certificates to Russia in the next few days.According to the Commission, the total value of EU exports of fresh vegetables to Russia is 600m euros (£530m; $870m) a year, a quarter of the total exported.Spain, France, Germany and Poland are the biggest exporters.BBC News Share Tweetcenter_img HealthLifestyle German tests link bean sprouts to deadly E. coli by: – June 10, 2011 27 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Peak Bids Eagles Farewell with Super Breakfast

first_imgPeak, the Official Milk of the Super Eagles, treated the team to their last breakfast in Asaba as they made to depart for Egypt to battle for honours in the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off on June 21.All the 25 players in camp as at that time as well as their officials were at the breakfast session.Captain John Mikel Obi and his teammates could not hide their excitement at the gesture by the brand, which has stood behind the squad over the years. Coach Gernot Rohr said that with the support from Peak, the team would be inspired to conquer in Egypt as the Super Eagles chase a fourth African title after the successes of 1980, 1994 and 2013.Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa expressed his delight at the special bonding session and said that Peak had been his No 1 milk.“I am happy with Peak. I love Peak milk. And I am thrilled that the brand is supporting the Super Eagles,” the goalkeeper enthused.Since 1998 when it backed the Super Eagles to the FIFA World Cup in France, Peak Milk has been supporting the national football team.The brand was part of the success story of the Super Eagles as they went all the way in South Africa to lift the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013.It is set to see the Super Eagles triumph again in Egypt 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Flying Eagles at training session in Poland.last_img read more

UNIQUE BASKING SHARK RESEARCH BEGINS OFF COAST OF DONEGAL

first_imgA unique research project off the coast of Inishowen into basking shark behaviour has started in earnest.An unusually early start to the shark season in April caught Donegal’s basking shark research team from Queens University in Belfast a little off guard.With sea surface summer temperatures starting to climb above 11 degree Celsius for prolonged periods a Malin head based research team are gearing up for what may prove to be one of the most memorable seasons in recent Irish marine research. To investigate shark movements and predator- prey associations the team plan to deploy numerous different types of tracking tags on the sharks including five satellite relaying tags.It is hoped these pioneering Fastloc GPS enabled tags will relay live positions and record fine scale movements of the huge sharks.Until now tracking marine based animals has proven to be extremely problematic for scientists because satellite signals can only be retrieved from a steady platform on the waters surface.Light Geo-location using recorded measurements of light levels and day and night have been used to roughly determine positions (with an approx. 75km radius of uncertainty). All sounds a bit complicated, well it is, add in a cocktail of unseasonal weather, unpredictable shark behaviour and some of the Atlantic oceans roughest waters and the possibilities of success are greatly reduced.This small chance of success hasn’t deterred the Inishowen based researchers who are working with the Marine Biological School in Queens University Belfast to pioneer this deployment a first for Ireland and the Atlantic.“Last year we pioneered the worlds first deployment of Timed Depth Recorders on the basking shark, this year we are taking it to another level with the deployment of five Fastloc enabled satellite tags.“If they work, the data recovered will provide an insight into the shark’s behaviour which has been an enigma to marine biologists for decades.” stated Emmett Johnston the project coordinator.The tag deployments are the final part of a five month long programme of marine based community awareness funded by the Inishowen Development Partnership entitled ‘The Monster Munch Project’. Five lucky Primary School classes from Inishowen have named the tags and will be following their progress over a google maps viewer in a newly developed section of the website.For more details log onto www.baskingshark.ieUNIQUE BASKING SHARK RESEARCH BEGINS OFF COAST OF DONEGAL was last modified: May 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Basking SharksInishowenlast_img read more