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Don't eat raw bean sprouts: a warning from the Food Safety Authority

Irish authorities say there is a concern that contaminated seeds are on the market, and have issued a warning against eating sprouted seeds.

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THE FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY of Ireland (FSAI) has issued a warning to people not to eat raw beansprouts.

An E.coli outbreak has occurred in France, which the FSAI says appears to be the same strain as that which caused the large outbreak in Germany. Reuters reports that at least two people are suffering from illness caused by the same strain that caused the deaths in Germany.

Many of those who have been taken ill in France have eaten bean sprouts and French authorities think that is where this latest outbreak has originated. The BBC reports that officials are investigating a possible link between seeds sold by a UK firm and some of the French cases.

The FSAI says that source of the bean sprouts or the seeds from which they sprouted is not known, but says it is possible that the seeds are on the market.

The authority is warning people not to eat raw bean sprouts or other sprouted seeds.

Read more from Reuters: France bans UK garden firm’s seeds in E.Coli scare>

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