German-grown sprouts named likely culprit in deadly outbreak


 

German-grown sprouts named likely culprit in deadly outbreak

 

Berlin (CNN) — Sprouts grown in Germany are the likely source for an E. coli outbreak that has killed 22 people, officials said Sunday.

Gert Lindemann, agricultural minister of Lower Saxony, said there is a «direct link» between a company in the town of Bienenbuettel and «these people getting sick.» The firm has been shut down and its products have been recalled, Lindemann said.

It is not immediately clear how the E. coli strain may have gotten into the sprouts, officials said.

Sprouts are bred in large drums.

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