eight people taken to hospital in Bordeaux, France and Great Britain with an examination of three types of seeds by the supplier of Suffolk
security officials are investigating a connection between food seeds sold by a British company and a
epidemic in France.
action by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) comes after France banned the sale of three types of seeds attached to Thompson & Morgan, based in Ipswich, Suffolk.
Eight people affected by the
were admitted to hospital in Bordeaux. French officials said the test results in two of them showed an infection of the same strain of E coli
that killed 44 people and injured others including 3,700 British, in a home centered in Germany.
An investigation by the competition, the French consumption and fraud prevention agency found the hospital had used mustard rocket and shoots of plants which are believed to have been grown from seeds sold by Thompson & Morgan in a business school in the town southwest of Begles.
Frédéric Lefebvre said Minister of Commerce of the prohibition of fenugreek seeds, mustard and arugula participation.
But he added:. "The relationship between symptoms and the appearance of food so far has not been definitively established"
The FSA said it was asked Thompson & Morgan for more information on seeds. He added that none of
cases were reported in the UK.
The agency said in a statement. "We have been in contact with the French authorities about the outbreak and are aware that the British company was mentioned in the same
"We have requested additional information to the French authorities regarding the three named types of seeds to help us conduct research in the UK."investigation must determine how the seeds were grown, who planted and how the food was prepared , the FSA said.