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Authorities intensify hunt for source of E. coli. Search widened to include both distribution and other food types. The same strain of E. Coli O157 has now been found in seven children. As well as including new varieties of food, the authorities wish to continue looking at the possibilities of becoming infected via contact with carriers such as animals or birds. They hope that this will give them the breakthrough they have been waiting for. “We are basing our work on the theory that all of these cases can be traced to the same contaminated source...In the meantime it is less likely that the infection stems from fresh produce with a short storage life. Apart from that, we are widening our search because we do not have any firm leads, nor do we suspect any particular products” says Randi Edvardsen, head of department in the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

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Authorities intensify hunt for source of E. coli

Published on Wednesday, 27th May, 2009 at 12:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Search widened to include both distribution and other food types.

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The same strain of E. Coli O157 has now been found in seven children. As well as including new varieties of food, the authorities wish to continue looking at the possibilities of becoming infected via contact with carriers such as animals or birds. They hope that this will give them the breakthrough they have been waiting for.

“We are basing our work on the theory that all of these cases can be traced to the same contaminated source...In the meantime it is less likely that the infection stems from fresh produce with a short storage life. Apart from that, we are widening our search because we do not have any firm leads, nor do we suspect any particular products” says Randi Edvardsen, head of department in the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

The types of food that the Authority, in cooperation with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health is looking more closely at are herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, snacks, sweets, salami/cured meats/ham, cheese, yoghourts, desserts and ice cream, dried fruits and berries, muesli, nuts, and seeds. They are also checking several details that relate to the distribution, storage and sale of these products.

The seven children come from Tromsø, Nordfjord, Malvik, Sandefjord, and Bergen.




Published on Wednesday, 27th May, 2009 at 12:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: ecoli, infection, source, norwegian, health, authority, insitute, public, food.





  
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