The EU is going to lay down stricter rules for growing sprout vegetables. This should prevent incidents like the EHEC-epidemic last year. Last Monday the Permanent Committee for Food Chains passed a package of measures which had been proposed by the European Commission. They will be enforced in the short term.
In the future all sprout vegetable growers must have a license, supplied by the national government. This can not be done until experts have checked whether or not the companies meet EU hygiene regulations.
The rules are also being tightened for the cultivation starting material. The origin of the seeds always has to be traceable and parties should be checked for the presence of E-coli bacteria. When the rules were worked out, extensive use was made of an extended advice from the European institute for food safety EFSA.
Source: Nieuwe Oogst