Advice issued to wash salads after E Coli outbreak

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ADVICE is being issued to residents of Boston borough to ensure they thoroughly wash their salad vegetables before eating them.

The advice follows the recent serious outbreak of E Coli in Germany, where there have been 22 deaths since the second week in May.

German food safety authorities believe the source of infection could be bean sprouts grown near the source of the outbreak, but are still advising people wash their salad vegetables – including raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.

Coun Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for environmental health at Boston Borough Council, said: “Thankfully we have not had any serious outbreaks of food poisoning in Boston, but nationally the numbers of cases is on the rise.”

He added: “Simple good hygiene practices such as separating raw and cooked foods and washing hands thoroughly can significantly reduce the risks.”

l For more information visit www.food.gov.uk.