E coli problem under control, says EU health commissioner
The E coli problem in Europe appears to be under control, European Union Health Commissioner John Dalli said in Malta on Monday, DPA reported.
Studies had localized the outbreak of the bacteria to a bean sprout farm on the outskirts of Hamburg in Germany, he told a meeting at the European Commission Representation in Valletta.
"It doesn't mean we won't register new cases over the next two weeks, since there's an incubation period ... but the situation seems to be under control," Dalli said.
The German farm appeared to have been observing EU regulations and the investigation was therefore focusing on how the outbreak had occurred, he said.
Dalli last week criticized Germany for falsely blaming Spanish cucumbers for the outbreak.
Describing it as the the worst food crisis Europe has seen for several years, the commissioner said the EU's safety and control mechanism had worked. However, an analysis would now be undertaken on ways and means to improve the system.
The E coli outbreak has caused the death of 35 people, according to the World Health Organization, while around 800 have needed hospital treatment.
Dalli said the Russian ban on imports of vegetables from the EU was disproportionate and talks were under way to resolve the issue.