France Halts Sales of 3 Seeds after E. Coli Cases

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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PARIS(AP) -- France has halted the sale of three types of seeds linked to a British company after an E. coli outbreak caused the hospitalization of eight people.

French health officials say test results on two of the eight people hospitalized show an infection of the same strain of E. coli that killed 44 people -- all but one in Germany -- and sickened more than 3,700.

Commerce Minister Frederic Lefevre said late Friday the order involves fenugreek, mustard and arugula seeds linked to a British seed and plant vendor, Thompson & Morgan.

An investigation by France's competition, consumption and fraud prevention agency found two of the eight people hospitalized had
consumed sprouts from the three seeds at a school fair in the southwestern town of Begles.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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