Sprouting seeds back on the menu

By 21. October 2011Blog

The European Food Safety Authority has revised its advice not to eat or grow sprouted seeds that has been in place since the E. coli outbreak in France and Germany earlier this year.

This is due to import restrictions and the removal of a specific lot of Egyptian fenugreek seeds, thought to be the source of the outbreak, from the food chain. The European Commission has requested the EFSA’s Biological Hazards Panel to carry out a risk assessment of the European production chain for sprouts and sprouting seeds which is due to be published shortly. This was one of the worst food borne outbreaks for decades in Europe, resulting in nearly 50 deaths.
Link to EFSA