- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2011

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Dutch authorities say they have found a second beet sprout grower 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 says both the grower detected Friday and another found to be contaminated in the Netherlands earlier this week do not have the strain of E. coli that has killed 31 people and sickened nearly 3,100 around Europe. That killer strain has been traced to sprouts from an organic farm in the northern German village of Bienenbuettel.

No one is known to have been sickened by the Dutch beets. However, the bacteria is considered a health hazard and the Netherlands‘ health minister has ordered the companies’ products pulled from shelves.

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