Were bean sprouts the vehicle for E. coli O104:H4?
Some new developments today in the enormous enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) outbreak in Germany, an outbreak that has sickened at least 1600, caused over 600 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and killed 22 so far. Daily updates can be found at the European CDC site, here.
Eli has blogged several times about the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which was passed several months ago. That law will do little to protect U.S. consumers from foodborne illness, however, if the FDA is not provided sufficient funding to implement it. Perhaps they should serve a delicious bean sprout salad at the next House Appropriations subcommittee meeting--we'll find out if our representatives are confident enough in U.S. food safety systems to eat it.