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The search for the cause of the E. coli food poisoning outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 29 people in Europe, has caused much tragedy and confusion over the past few months.
On 5th July 2011, the European Commission announced that one batch of fenugreek seeds - a clover-like plant that is a common ingredient in curry - is the most likely link between E.coli outbreaks in Germany and France.
The first cases of E.coli linked to the current outbreak were reported in May 2011 in Germany. By July 2011, the strain had killed 49 people and infected more than 4,200.
No win no fee solicitors Claims Direct can help people who have suffered food poisoning because of the negligence of service providers such as farmers and retailers who stock unsafe food.
It is thought that many people will be making compensation claims resulting from the outbreak – some of them will be consumers making compensation claims, having eaten contaminated food.
Many farmers will also be seeking financial redress for having their livelihood affected by false accusations about the produce they grow.
When news of the outbreak first began to spread (around 25th May), German health officials identified imported Spanish cucumbers as the source, before backtracking a few days later.
It is particularly worrying that whereas E. coli normally affects children, this particular strain has mostly affected adults (70 per cent of whom are women).
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Modern society is perhaps re-learning the wisdom of such traditions.
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