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Focus shifts to vegetable sprouts in E.coli outbreak

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Consumers were awaiting the release of official test results on Monday that will most likely confirm that vegetable sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany caused the terrifying E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed 22 people and sickened more than 2,200.

Even if sprouts from the farm in the greater Uelzen region, between Hamburg and Hannover, are confirmed as the only source of the bacterial epidemic, more cases of the illness are likely for at least another week, authorities said. That's because the contaminated sprouts may have already been delivered to restaurants and grocery stores across the country and could infect consumers.

Health officials warned against eating any sprouts and kept up a general warning for tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuces.

"While we have strong and clear indications that a farm in Uelzen is involved (in the E.coli outbreak), we have to wait for the official lab results," German Health Minister Daniel Bahr said late on Sunday.

"Until then, we cannot give an all-clear."

The European Union will hold an emergency meeting on the contaminated food crisis and its economic impact on Tuesday, an EU spokesman said.

EU farm ministers will convene in Luxembourg amid demands from farmers that they be compensated for the losses caused by the E. coli outbreak in Europe. The ministers will "look at how the EU can respond to the economic impact of the crisis", EU spokesman Roger Waite said.

EU health ministers also assessed the latest developments in the E. coli outbreak at a regular meeting in Luxembourg on Monday.


1. How many have died in Europe from the E. Coi outbreak?

2. How many people has it made sick?

3. Where is the outbreak suspected of starting?


1. 22.

2. 2,200.

3. Uelzen Germany.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Focus shifts to vegetable sprouts in E.coli outbreak

Focus shifts to vegetable sprouts in E.coli outbreak

Todd Balazovic is a reporter for the Metro Section of China Daily. Born in Mineapolis Minnesota in the US, he graduated from Central Michigan University and has worked for the China Daily for one year.