Tuesday, May 31, 2011
being more effected by a cucumber bug. An Escherichia coli outbreak (Theodor must be really pissed off by now) with a death toll now at 16 and the number of sick about 1,200 people: the German authorities – where a majority of the sick and nearly all the dead are - initially blamed organic cucumbers from Spain but Spanish officials have refused to accept the blame for their popular pepinos , even to the extent of the Andalusian agriculture minister doing a John Gummer; they may have a point considering it emerged that it was a different type of Enterohemorrhagic E.coli (EHEC) on the cucumbers than the type detected in tests on the sick Germans (this doesn’t completely vindicate them as “they still posed a health risk”) but being organic they are more likely (oh yes) to be infected as one of the more common routes of transmission is farm contamination due to manure fertilisation. Obviously this would also have to mean poor/lack of hygiene post-picking and/or unhygienic food preparation. Odds are that this situation will worsen before it gets better...I wonder what 'O' it is.
Posted by Span Ows at 11:20 pm