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EU: Food safety authority urges sprout safety notification

The European Food Safety Authority has said that consumers should be notified of the risks involved with eating sprouted seeds.

This comes as a result of the E.coli outbreak in Germany recently.
EFSA’s Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) said that sprouted seeds posed specific microbial safety concerns.

Preventing initial contamination during production, storage and distribution of seeds was of foremost importance, BIOHAZ said, urging growers, suppliers and retailers to take additional food safety and mitigation measures.

It also called on suppliers to flag the risk on pack. “Stakeholders and consumers should be informed of the risk posed by sprouted seeds,” EFSA said.


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