AMSTERDAM (AP) — Authorities say they have halted sales of beet sprouts from a Dutch grower after some were found to be contaminated with a strain of E. coli bacteria that is different from the one causing Europe’s deadly E. coli crisis.
The Dutch Food Safety Authority said the European Union informed it late Wednesday that illness-causing Dutch vegetables had been found in Germany. It said beet sprout samples inspected in the Netherlands also confirmed instances of E. coli contamination.
But the agency said it was not the same E. coli strain that has killed 27 people, sickened 2,900 others and left hundreds with serious omplications, most of them in Germany.
The name of the producer was not released.