Sorta sure sprouts cause of German E. coli outbreak; advisories for other produce lifted

"It is the sprouts."

So says the president of Germany’s national disease control center, Reinhard Burger.

Burger says the Robert Koch Institute is lifting its warning against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce but keeping the warning in place for the sprouts.

Burger told reporters Friday that even though no tests of the sprouts from a farm in Lower Saxony had come back positive, the epidemiological investigation of the pattern of the outbreak had produced enough evidence to draw the conclusion.

To date, 30 people have been killed and almost 3,000 sickened in the outbreak of E. coli O104.

An updated table of sprout-related outbreaks is available at