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Egypt denies it is source of E.coli

Friday, July 1, 2011

Laaska News  July 1,2011
CAIRO, July 1 (Xinhua) — Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture on Friday denied media report that it is the provenance of the E. coli bacteria, which recently broke out in some European countries, state news agency MENA reported.

No traces or infections of the deadly bacteria were recorded in Egypt so far, the head of the agricultural quarantine central department at the ministry Ali Soliman said, stressing this bacteria is not proved existing in Egypt.

He denied reports published in world media outlets that Egypt’s fenugreek was the reason behind the transmission of the bacteria.

Soliman said that the Ministry of Agricultural received a letter from the European Union asserting that the results of microbiological lab tests on fenugreek all came out negative.

He added that the export fenugreek by Egyptian companies in 2009 exported to neither France nor Britain nor Germany.

The deadly outbreak of E. coli infections began in northern Germany in May.

It spread to 16 countries, infecting more than 3,900 people and costing 44 lives, all but one in Germany, according to World Health Organization data released last week.

Xinhua.

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