Its Time to resume Cucumbering :P
|Cucumbers are free from E coli. They were just blame:D|
After a month of searching, testing [and blaming cucumber, tomatoes] thousands of vegetables, Germany said on Friday, June 11 that bloody E. coli bacteria that have killed 31 people and triggered economic upheaval among European produce suppliers almost certainly came from contaminated bean sprouts grown at an organic farm in Northern Germany releasing cucumber from the culprit-list.
"It's the sprouts," Reinhard Burger, the president of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's national disease centre told a news conference on the outbreak of Enterohaemorrhagic O104:H4 E. coli (EHEC) in northern Germany.
What are sprouts......?
A sprout is a shoot of plant, is produced when a seed starts growing into a vegetable. Its called Kwanti in Nepal. Sprouting is the practice of germinating seeds to be eaten either raw or cooked. They are a convenient way to have fresh vegetables for salads, or otherwise, in any season and can be germinated at home or produced industrially. Sprouts are believed to be highly nutritious and rich in enzymes which promote good health. Sprouts have resulted in dozens of outbreaks of lethal infection with Salmonella and E. coli[recently in Germany EHEC] over the past few decades. Raw sprouts can be heaven for bacteria like E coli and Salmonella. The hospitable environment, warm, indoor and regularly misted with water on sprouts allows microbes to live comfortably and grow vigorously.
Why E coli and Salmonella Love Sprouts???
Sill Unanswered Questions [via @aetiology]
How the implicated sprouts were contaminated. Did it originate in the seeds? (If so, still from where?) Was it human-to-sprout contamination from a sick worker on the farm? (If so, where again did the worker pick it up?) Still so many unanswered questions, but at least this should let some of the other farmers' lives get back on track.
PS: The government says pregnant women, small kids, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems should avoid raw sprouts of all kinds. That may require asking a restaurant or deli to leave them out, since they’re so often added for some stealth crunch.