German E. coli O104 outbreak: 18 dead, 520 HUS, 1,733 sick; no salad for me please

Amy’s in Switzerland working on some memories, so while she had a salad with cucumbers and raw sprouts, me and Sorenne had pizza.

I have no trouble saying, ‘no sprouts’ and am known at a local Manhattan (Kansas) eatery as the no-sprouts person. So is Amy. But not in Europe.

There’s a lot of social protocol over there, in Europe, and I try to stay out of it when visiting, but when there’s an outbreak of foodborne illness linked to 18 dead, 520 with HUS and 1,733 sick, then I’d say something.

I say something if an employee doesn’t wash their hands.

Amy may not have to say anything on her return flight. Salads are off the menu for all American Airlines flights departing from Europe. Not sure if other airlines will follow, but her salad on the way over didn’t look too appetizing.

Fowl findings surprise Swiss veterinary officials

As many as nine-out-of-ten chickens in Switzerland are infected with campylobacter, prompting the Federal Veterinary Office to call a crisis meeting of food and health experts, as well as poultry producers, for December 18.

According to a report in the Sunday newspaper, SonntagsZeitung, the veterinary office was surprised by the results of the unpublished study, expecting only half as many chickens to have been infected with the bacteria.

Most cases of campylobacteriosis are associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry meat or from cross-contamination of other foods by these items.