Saturday, June 4, 2011

FDA and CDC Monitoring German E.coli Outbreak

Posted By on Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 3:55 PM

The United States Food and Drug Administration made a rare announcement in the shadow of a major health concern half a world away

"The U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world," said Don Kraemer, deputy director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Kraemer made the remarks while Germany continues to grapple with an E.coli outbreak that has thus far hit at least 1,800 people including a few Americans who were visiting Germany in May. The source of the outbreak still hasn't been pinpointed but the focus has been on fresh tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers.

In a teleconference Friday, Kramer said the U.S. government has stepped up testing of food from Germany but insisted that very little is imported from Europe.

As the investigation into the particular strain of E.coli continues, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they had never seen the particular strain in the United States but are aware of at least two previous reports, one in South Korea and another in the Republic of Georgia.

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