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The New York Times reports that “a day after German agricultural officials identified locally grown sprouts as a possible cause of the E.coli outbreak that has killed 22 people and sickened more than 2,200, the officials said Monday that initial tests had failed to show conclusively that the bacteria originated with the sprouts ... The confusing signals mark the second time that German officials publicly identified a probable cause of the outbreak, only to pull back later. They had said earlier that cucumbers from Spain were suspected as the cause, and then said tests had ruled out that hypothesis.

“European Union officials said Monday that the confusion in the crisis might prompt European regulators to rethink warnings on food safety.”
KC's View:
Sounds like a perfect time for the US Congress to de-fund last year’s food safety legislation, which was supposed to give regulators a greater ability to be vigilant about such issues here.