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Brussels bans Egyptian beans over E.Coli scare

Brussels bans Egyptian beans over E.Coli scare
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The EU has decided to ban imports of some seeds and beans from Egypt after investigators found a likely link to two deadly outbreaks of E.coli food poisoning in Europe.

Specifically, scientists believe a batch of fenugreek seeds are the most probable cause of the outbreaks that have infected more than 4,000 people.

One outbreak centred in northern Germany killed 49 people. The other affected the city of Bordeaux in south west France. One elderly woman died there but not from the same strain of bacterium.

The European Commission did not identify the seed company, but said all of its fenugreek seed imports to Europe since 2009 must be withdrawn from the market, tested and destroyed.

The wider ban on seed and bean imports from Egypt is temporary and will expire at the end of October.