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E. coli tainted farm cleared to reopen

The Local · 15 Jul 2011, 08:31

Published: 15 Jul 2011 08:31 GMT+02:00

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All tests for contamination have come back negative, clearing the proprietor in Bienenbüttel to produce vegetables once more, said the state Agricultural Ministry in Hannover.

Egyptian fenugreek seeds used at the farm have been identified as the original source of the May and June outbreak, which shocked Germany and spread across Europe while worried authorities struggled to identify its cause.

In its wake, authorities first blamed Spanish cucumbers and fingered various restaurants before settling on the farm in Bienenbüttel, which is not far from where many victims became ill in Hamburg.

This week, the Hamburg prosecutor’s office said it had closed its investigation against several food sellers and a restaurant, finding no evidence they had violated food safety rules.

Ultimately, the World Health Organisation confirmed more than 4,000 infections in 14 European countries, the United States and Canada – more than 3,900 of them in Germany.

In Bienenbüttel, authorities say they have removed all fenugreek seeds from the farming operation.

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The farm operator has threatened a lawsuit to allow operations to resume, saying economic losses from the situation had been enormous.

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Your comments about this article

09:18 July 15, 2011 by marimay
Didn't the tests come back negative in the initial testing? Did they ever have definitive proof? Meh...
12:25 July 15, 2011 by freechoice
Like Swine Flu, will this E-Coli thingie disappear into oblivion?
12:42 July 15, 2011 by auniquecorn
Cool, maybe we could get a discount on some vegies.
23:20 July 15, 2011 by Glenn440
The solution to all this is quite simple. No food destined for human consumption should be grown with any form of manure ­ human or animal. We already have the sense to ensure that human manure gets used only for the production of animal feed ­ why do we continue to allow animal manure to be used for the production of human food?

53 deaths in Germany could have been avoided if something like this had been implemented years ago.

People ­ it is time to address your politicians, write letters to the editors of every paper on this great earth and make it clear ­ we do not want ¦quot;poop on my food¦quot;
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