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Suspected EHEC seeds tracked to Sweden

Suspected EHEC seeds tracked to Sweden

Published: 04 Jul 2011 16:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Jul 2011 16:59 GMT+02:00

The seeds have been recalled but 25 kilos have already arrived in Sweden. The National Food Administration has contacted the company Econova in Norrköping, who in their turn have stopped the sales and recalled already delivered bags of seeds.

“Common denominators between the outbreaks in France and Germany have been compared and authorities have been able to track it back to this product,” said Lars Plym Forshell from the Food Administration to TT.

According to Plym Forshell the seeds originated in Egypt and this consignment is believed to have arrived in Sweden as early as in January 2010.

Fenugreek is largely used in curry mixes and products from the suspected assignment have been sold to stores all over the country.

But wholesaler Econova hasn’t learned of any customers falling sick so far despite 6,277 bags having been sold during 2011.

“We started contacting our customers on Friday and have continued today. We’re asking them to remove the product from shop shelves and none of the suspected products are now going out to our customers, “ said Johan Rydberg of Econova to TT.

Rydberg pointed out to TT that this is a precautionary measure as there is only a strong suspicion that it is the fenugreek seeds that have spread the EHEC disease.

“No such infection has actually been confirmed yet,” Rydberg told TT.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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18:04 July 4, 2011 by logi
i have virtually stopped eating vegetables, don't really know what causes it because there is a speculation that cucumber and others causes it. the public should be wel informed.
23:41 July 4, 2011 by el dorado
In regard to health concerns, I want to know why the media isn't writing more about the yearly increases of Tuberculosis (TB) in Sweden. TB is apparantly still common in east Europe, Asia, and Africa. By the 1920s, it was being controlled in Sweden, but in recent decades, the number of infected people has been steadily increasing every year. I believe one source said there were now as many as 800 reported cases last year in Sweden.

People do die from this infection, and according to a 1990 source, 10% of those who died of TB in Sweden had not been aware that they were even sick with TB. I have friends who have worked in Norway, and they were required to be tested for TB. Why isn't the Swedish medical community helping the people who come here with TB? Why are people left with an untreated and potentially fatal medical condition, and why is the current population being left at risk as well? To my understanding, TB also has the risk of becoming resistant to antibiotics.
07:17 July 5, 2011 by karex
according to the Wallstreet Journal:

"Sprouts—including fenugreek—can refer to a number of different types of garnishes or herbs that are typically uncooked and "are often condiments or additives that are added to food products that are unrecognized as being in the product," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "

If these seeds are truly the source of the outbreak then it's going to be difficult to control. I have read that just avoiding curry won't help as it is used in the preparation of many foods as a condiment - such as pickles and pastes and that people often consume it without even knowing it's there...
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