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Escherichia coli in Germany


Information on incident "Escherichia coli" in Germany (May 2011)



       

Communications from the FASFC

Analyses results






Communications from the FASFC

Date Subject
23/06/2011 Levée de l'embargo russe sur les légumes européens : un premier camion de légumes a quitté la Belgique (PDF)
21/06/2011 E.coli O104 : tous les résultats des analyses sont conformes (PDF)
14/06/2011 Pas de bactérie E.coli O104 dans nos légumes ni nos graines germées (PDF FR)
07/06/2011 E. coli O104 : Intensification des contrôles sur les légumes frais (PDF FR)
03/06/2011 Epidémie d'Escherichia coli entéro-hémorragique en Allemagne (PDF FR)
01/06/2011 Epidémie d'Escherichia coli entéro-hémorragique en Allemagne (PDF FR)
30/05/2011 Foyer d’Escherichia coli entérohémorragique en Allemagne (PDF FR)
26/05/2011 Foyer d’ Escherichia coli entérohémorragique O104 en Allemagne (PDF FR)


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Consumer F.A.Q. - Escherichia coli (version 1, 01/06/2011, 12h30)

What do we understand under Escherichia coli?

About a thousand of different strains of Escherichia coli (E.coli) can be found on earth. Most of E. coli strains are found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms and are harmless. Some strains though, called VTEC strains, are able to produce toxins and present a particular health risk because they can cause serious illness, even with a very low contamination level.

Not all the E. coli strains cause a disease. In fact, most strains can benefit their hosts by producing vitamins and preventing the growth of other pathogenic bacteria. Since E.coli is commonly found in the intestine of humans and animals, it is used as an indicator of fecal contamination in the food industry. Routine tests do not allow to make a difference between strains: when a sample tests positive for E.coli, it could as well be a pathogenic strain as a non pathogenic strain.

 

What’s the effect of the bacteria?

After a 3 to 9 day incubation period, the bacteria can cause belly aches, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration symptoms. Symptomatology can last up to 2 weeks. In severe cases, the infection can cause renal insufficiency, cerebral hemorrhage and death.

 

What to do in case of suspicion of E. coli infection?

You need to call your doctor as soon as possible.

 

What can I eat ?

You can eat everything as long as it’s prepared correctly.

You can consult: www.afsca.be -> publications -> publications thématiques -> “La sécurité alimentaire, l’affaire de tous”

 

Are cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and young sprouts more dangerous?

No, you can eat these raw or cooked, as long as you follow common hygiene directions and prepare them properly.

You can read: www.afsca.be -> consommateurs-> « Cinq clés pour une alimentation sûre »

Are other raw vegetables dangerous?

No, as long as you follow common hygiene directions and prepare them properly.

You can read: www.afsca.be -> consommateurs-> « Cinq clés pour une alimentation sûre »


What about meat?

You can eat all types of meat as long as you prepare the meat correctly.

You can read: www.afsca.be -> publications -> publications thématiques -> “La sécurité alimentaire, l’affaire de tous”

A trip to Germany?

Follow the instructions given by the German authorities.


 

Analyses results

Summary table of the analyses on vegetables in 2010 and programmation of analyses on vegetables in 2011 (PDF)

Analyses results on E-coli O104 (PDF)

Analyses results on E-coli O104 in the context of autocontrole (PDF)



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