Some beans and seeds from Egypt have been banned from being imported into the EU as they are suspected of causing the deadly E. coli outbreak across Europe. Investigators say the likely source is a single shipment of fenugreek seeds from the country, and efforts are being made to trace exactly where these seeds have gone.
EU Health Commissioner, John Dalli, said:
“We are doing a lot of work right now to move forward and investigate to see where these particular seeds have gone and why a particular batch of them contained the infection. We will also be sending a team of experts to Egypt to further investigate this source”.
The E. coli outbreak sweeping the continent is actually two separate incidents. The first epidemic of this highly toxic strain centred on Germany where 48 people died and thousands became ill. More recently, in Begles, near the French city of Bordeaux, seven people were treated in hospital after becoming infected.
The Egyptian ban will be in place until October