• Sweden edition
 
E. COLI OUTBREAK
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

A consignment of fenugreek seeds, from the batch believed to be the source of the EHEC infection in Germany and France, has been tracked to Sweden, according to the Swedish National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket).

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)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

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...
Today's headlines
'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Erik the Holy's skull and the crown, believed to be Sweden's oldest. Photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

King Erik the Holy died 854 years ago, but scientists have just unveiled his skull at Uppsala Cathedral. READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

Swedish girls report more eating problems
Teen girls. File photo: Chloe Chaplin/Flickr

Swedish girls report more eating problems

A youth wellbeing report from Save the Children found that more teenage girls than in previous surveys reported having an eating disorder. READ () »

'Zlatan will be back for finals': PSG coach
Photo: AP

'Zlatan will be back for finals': PSG coach

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said on Tuesday that he believed Swedish goal machine Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play again before the end of the season. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Advertisement:
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

712
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com