Salad and e. coli

28 Oct

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/10/28/141789941/when-forgettable-salads-cause-a-deadly-outbreak

German epidemiologists were stymied by diners’ forgetfulness earlier this summer as they feverishly tried to find the source of the E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 4,300 people and killed 55. Though they eventually figured out that the outbreak was caused by fenugreek sprouts grown from tainted Egyptian fenugreek seeds, it took them a while to get there. And so in a paper published this week, researchers at the Robert Koch Institute write in New England Journal of Medicine, that when tracking an outbreak, it’s important not to underestimate food items that people may not remember eating.

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