Archive for Beansprout
www.bbc.co.uk 22nd September 2010
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a warning following 83 diagnosed cases of salmonella bareilly in England and Scotland in recent weeks. Although the source of the outbreak is still unknown, the carrier is believed to be British beansprouts. A salad producer discovered the bacteria in a routine test of its products. Salmonella bacteria are naturally found in the gastrointestinal tracts of wild and domestic animals and birds and the bareilly strain can lead to gastro-enteritis in humans. The Health Protection Agency is currently investigating whether the 15 cases in Scotland are related to the 68 cases in Northwest England. As this may take some time FSA has recommended that anyone planning to eat bean sprouts should ‘cook them until steaming hot’ before consumption.