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How were sprouts contaminated?


June 13, 2011
By The Canadian Press

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June
13, 2011, Berlin – German authorities say they haven’t yet been able to resolve
how sprouts at a farm became contaminated with an aggressive strain of E. coli
that has been blamed for 33 deaths.

June
13, 2011, Berlin – German authorities say they haven’t yet been able to resolve
how sprouts at a farm became contaminated with an aggressive strain of E. coli
that has been blamed for 33 deaths.

Officials
determined June 9 that sprouts grown at the farm in Lower Saxony state, in
northern Germany, were the culprit in the outbreak – which has sickened more
than three thousand people.

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But
the state’s agriculture ministry said it still isn’t clear whether workers
brought in the bug, or whether the bacteria got onto the farm on seeds or by
some other means.

The
ministry says tests on some 1100 samples, nearly 300 of them from the farm, are
ongoing in an effort to answer that question.