British company Thompson & Morgan is being linked by French officials to an outbreak of E. coli in Bordeaux, and now people in the UK are being warned not to eat uncooked sprouts.
French authorities have banned sales of the company’s seeds, saying they are the source of the infection – an allegation Thompson & Morgan denies.
“We test all our seeds independently. We are confident with the quality and the hygiene of our seeds. It’s something we take extremely seriously when we’re packing,” said Morgan & Thompson spokeswoman Helen Johns.
Beansprouts were identified as the source of the recent E. coli outbreak in Germany which killed 44 people and affected 3,700 others.
Worryingly, some of French sufferers have been infected with the same deadly strain. At least eight people are being treated in hospital in Bordeaux and two are described as being in a critical condition.