Reports today indicate that 10 people have been hospitalized with suspected E. coli poisoning in Bordeaux, France. According to French health authorities, at least 6 out of the 10 people were found to have eaten the sprouts at a local fete in Begres, southeast of Bordeaux. Frederic Lefebvre, secretary of state for consumer affairs, said the sprouts were purchased at a Jardiland store and were produced by Thompson & Morgan based in Ipswich, England.
Although Lefebvre noted that “the link between the symptoms and eating of the sprouts so far has not been definitively established,” he called for the company’s sprouts to be withdrawn from the market. In addition, health officials recommended that “consumers who bought these same products not use them.”
Health authorities in France continue to investigate the source of the 10 illnesses.