FSA issues guidance to caterers and restaurateurs following outbreaks of E. coli in France and Germany
June 30, 2011
Recent reports of E. coli cases in France, which followed on from those reported in Germany, have led the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to revise guidance on the consumption of sprouted seeds such as alfalfa, mung beans (usually known as bean sprouts) and fenugreek.
As a precaution the agency has advised that sprouted seeds should only be eaten if they have been cooked thoroughly – until steaming hot throughout. They should not be consumed raw. This advice will remain in place until further notice.
The contamination is being investigated and developments are being monitored by the Health Protection Agency and FSA. Claims which link the E. coli outbreak in France to a UK based source of sprouting seeds have not been evidenced.
The BHA is in close contact with the FSA and will advise its hospitality industry members on all further developments. BHA members can call 020 7404 7744 for further information.