Food Law News - UK - 2011

FSA News Item, 1 June 2011

FOOD SAFETY - Investigations continue into E. coli outbreak

The Agency is continuing to monitor closely the ongoing investigation into the outbreak of E. coli in Europe.

The FSA is acting on information from the European Commission and, working closely with industry trade bodies, wholesalers and retailers, the Agency has found no evidence that produce from possible sources identified so far has been distributed to the UK.

The latest update from the Commission indicates that the exact source of the contamination has not yet been determined.

The Health Protection Agency has identified three people in England who have contracted the infection. All have been linked to the consumption of food in Germany prior to the onset.

The Agency is reminding consumers of the importance of basic food hygiene practices when preparing food.

It is a good idea to wash fruit and vegetables before you eat them to ensure that they are clean, and to help remove germs that might be on the outside. Peeling or cooking fruit and vegetables can also remove these germs.

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