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Germany Looks at Sprout Seeds, Farm Workers for E. Coli

German authorities are investigating whether a month-old outbreak of E. coli stemmed from infected seeds used at a sprout farm or whether a worker at the business was infected and spread bacteria to the sprouts.

“The farm imported their seeds from different countries in Asia and Europe and the first option we’re looking at is whether the seeds were already contaminated,” Natascha Manski, a spokeswoman for the German state of Lower Saxony, where the sprout farm is located, said by phone today. “The second option is that one of the employees took the bacteria into the farm.”