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Friday, May 27, 2011

Spain: two Spanish companies being probed over deadly bacterial infection in Germany

Via Winnipeg Free Press :

" MADRID : Spain says two Spanish companies that produce cucumbers are being probed in connection with a deadly bacterial outbreak in Germany.

The Health Ministry said in a statement Thursday night it was advised of the possible link by the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed.

The ministry says it is not clear if the E. coli infection lay in cucumbers themselves or developed during their transport to Germany or handling there.

The statement said an unnamed company in the Netherlands was also mentioned in the EU alert.

In Germany, five deaths there have been linked to the bacteria and more than 200 infections have been reported in recent days.

Nordic authorities say the infection may have spread to Sweden and Denmark."

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