EU to lift ban on Egyptian sprout seeds after E. coli scare devastation, no safety evidence provided
Posted: August 31st, 2011 - 5:06pm
Why are outbreaks of foodborne illness, like when 53 are killed and 4,400 sickened from eating sprouts produced in Germany from Egyptian seeds, referred to in media reports as ‘scares.’
This wasn’t a scare, it was a sprout shitstorm. Neither the first nor last.
Afrique en ligne reports the European Union will soon lift a ban on Egyptian sprout seeds after an EU delegation, which just wrapped up a visit to Egypt, produces a report in about 10 days.
Egypt's Agriculture Export Council chairman, Sherif Al-Beltaguy stated that the national reports from agricultural and health authorities on seeds in Egypt were good and that the EU delegation found them acceptable.
Egypt had denied responsibility for the E.coli outbreak, saying the suspected batch dated back to November 2009 and contained dried seeds, arguing the bacteria could not have survived for so long.
I look forward to some sort of data, especially E. coli testing of germinated seeds.