- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2011

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Authorities say they have halted sales of beet sprouts from a Dutch grower after some were found to be contaminated with a strain of E. coli bacteria that is different from the one causing Europe’s deadly E. coli crisis.

The Dutch Food Safety Authority said the European Union informed it late Wednesday that illness-causing Dutch vegetables had been found in Germany. It said beet sprout samples inspected in the Netherlands also confirmed instances of E. coli contamination.

But the agency said it was not the same E. coli strain that has killed 27 people, sickened 2,900 others and left hundreds with serious omplications, most of them in Germany.

The name of the producer was not released.


THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

BERLIN (AP) _ Germany’s national disease control center says another person has died in the European E. coli outbreak and 160 more people have been reported ill, but that the rate of new sicknesses is continuing to decline.

The Robert Koch Institute said Thursday that 2,808 people, 722 of whom are suffering from a serious complication that can cause kidney failure, have now been reported sickened in Germany, the country at the epicenter of the E. coli outbreak whose origin has not yet been found.

The World Health Organization says 97 others have fallen sick in 12 other European countries, as well as three in the United States.

A total of 27 people have died _ 26 in Germany and one in Sweden.

Though the number of those sickened is still rising, the Koch institute says the new cases being reported have been dropping for several days.