Health officials in Germany are still searching for the source of the E.coli outbreak which has killed 23 people in Europe.
With the latest chief suspect being beansprouts from a farm in Lower Saxony, tests are continuing. Although 23 of 40 samples have registered negative this doesn’t mean some beans weren’t contaminated before they sprouted and were then later distributed.
But Germany’s agriculture minister is still warning against eating other salad based vegetables.
With most of the victims being centred near Hamburg hospital staff are working flat out. There have been more than 2,000 cases in all.
One local journalist form Hamburg.said:“I really got scared when the blood results came and were so bad that the doctors became hectic. They put this drip in my neck and I had to go into intensive care for observation. I got real death fears when I got cramps, I thought that was it.”
The health scare has hit vegetable farmers hard all over Europe with weekly losses estimated at around 300 million euros.
EU farm ministers will today try to agree financial aid and compensation to producers, in particular those in Spain who were initially wrongly blamed for the outbreak.