No Dangerous Produce in Bulgaria after Lab Tests

Health | May 30, 2011, Monday // 14:23|  views

Cucumbers are seen at a plantation in Almeria, southern Spain. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Lab tests of a variety of imported produce have proved negative for Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency reported Monday.

The tests included iceberg lettuce, peaches, oranges, spices, tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes from Spain, iceberg lettuce from the Netherlands and peppers from Greece.

The tests have been done as a prevention measure after the EU system for alarm of dangerous food products sent a warning that organic cucumbers originating from Spain and imported to Germany are believed to be infected with a special strain of Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) which causes the hemolytic uraemic syndrome, associated with hemolytic anemia and might cause acute renal failure and death.

10 deadly cases have been registered in Germany.

The Food Safety Agency further informs there has not been any import of cucumbers in Bulgaria in the last month.

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Tags: Germany, cucumbers, E Coli, Spain, food safety agency


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