Saturday 24 February 2018

Raw seeds still at risk from E coli bug but no cases in Ireland, says agency

CONSUMERS have been warned again not to eat raw sprouted seeds as investigations are still ongoing into E coli contamination of seeds in Europe.

No batches of the Egyptian fenugreek seeds behind the killer E coli outbreak in Germany have been found here to date, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said yesterday.

However, the possibility that other batches of raw seeds from the same supply chain could have been contaminated between 2009 and 2011 cannot be ruled out, it warned.

In a statement released yesterday the FSAI recommends that consumers should not eat raw bean sprouts or other raw sprouted seeds and the catering sector should not serve raw bean sprouts or other raw sprouted seeds.

If sprouted seeds are to be consumed they should be cooked thoroughly.

The statement added that the European Commission had taken emergency measures on the importation of fenugreek seeds from Egypt, suspending any such movement until October of this year.

It also said that fenugreek imports from one Egyptian exporter between 2009 and 2011 have been, or will be, destroyed.

Irish Independent

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