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European Commission bans Egyptian seeds over E coli fears

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4436 (Published 11 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4436
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

The European Commission has banned the import of fenugreek seeds from Egypt after they were identified as the most likely source of the recent outbreak of Escherichia coli, which killed 48 people across Europe.

The ban was brought in after a report from the European Food Safety Authority last week that said that “one lot of fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt and used to produce sprouts is the most likely common link between the two outbreaks” (www.efsa.europa.eu/en/supporting/pub/176e.htm).

The authority recommends that the European Commission should …

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