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Published July 04, 2011, 04:44 AM

Lessons learned from E. coli outbreak?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In following the story of the E. coli outbreak in Germany, we were intrigued when Germany determined that the point of origin was raw bean sprouts produced on an organic farm despite tests on bean sprout samples turning out negative for E. coli 0104:H4, the bacteria responsible for at least 30 deaths in Germany and one in Sweden. More than 800 people have come down with hemolytic uremic syndrome, permanent damage of the kidneys. In all, more than 3,200 people have been sickened so far.

By: Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer,

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