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Frozen Strawberries Blamed for 11,000 German Illnesses

Frozen strawberries are “very likely” the cause of food poisoning that sickened more than 11,000 students in almost 500 schools and day care centers, mostly in eastern areas of Germany, during the last week.

The Robert Koch Institute, which investigates infectious diseases and outbreaks for the German Health Ministry, reported on a “strong and statistically significant link” between the illnesses and consumption of food products made with a shipment of frozen strawberries.

The shipment came from a subcontractor to Sodexo, the private company providing food and beverage services to the schools and day care centers. Sodexo is promising to compensate victims and in the future it would select suppliers “even more rigorously.”

For more than 11,000 sickened students, including at least 32 who required hospitalization, contaminated frozen strawberries brought on both diarrhea and vomiting.

In addition to the Robert Koch Institute, a government task force has been set up to continue the investigation into what is now Germany’s largest incident of food poisoning.

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  • Evidently, the strawberries were from China. 

    • Oginikwe

      That would hardly be a surprise if that’s the case.

  • I have seen frozen produce from china being sold in Whole Foods for a whole lot of money.  Remember to ALWAYS read the ingredient & country of origin labels on everything you buy, no matter WHERE you buy it from.  Even if you are familiar with the brand, especially if it’s produce, you have to remember that each lot can come from a different place than the last bag you bought.