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Now the Germans say beansprouts may NOT be to blame for E.Coli

Tue 7th Jun 2011

The Germans have done it again.

Barely a week since they accused Spanish farms as being the source of the deadly e.coli Infection, which has now caused 22 deaths and thousands of cases of HUS being reported across 12 countries, and they have scored yet another 'own goal'.

Over the course of the weekend the German authorities reported that they now believed the bacterial infection to have come from a farm on the outskirts of Hamburg and had been traced to bean sprouts. sold locally and mainly used in salads.

It now seems that the same authorities are claiming that 23 of the 40 samples taken from the farm have tested negative, and that test and inspections are still ongoing, suggesting that they may have been premature in naming the source of the outbreak.

However, this time it looks likely that they will have inflicted any resulting damage on themselves.

At a regular meeting of EU health ministers in Luxembourg yesterday, Germany defended itself against accusations that they had acted prematurely in blaming Spanish cucumbers. "The virus is so aggressive that we had to check every track," said Health State Secretary Annette Widmann-Mauz. "We owe it to the people."

All well and good, but they never had the evidence to back up the accusation. Many people would call that libelous.

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