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Two dead, 151 sick in UK E.coli outbreak

Authorities in the UK are investigating an outbreak of E.coli O157 which could be linked to eating mixed salad leaves, including rocket leaves.

Authorities in the UK are investigating an outbreak of E.coli O157.

In a press release, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the outbreak has been linked to eating mixed salad leaves, including rocket leaves, but a specific food source is yet to be confirmed.

The FSA said it is working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and local authorities to investigate the outbreak.

“As a precaution, the FSA is reminding people of the importance of good hand and food hygiene practices.

“All vegetables, including salads, intended to be eaten raw should be thoroughly washed unless they are specifically labelled ‘ready to eat’,” it said.

The PHE said in a separate press release that 151 cases of this strain of E. coli have been identified (figure correct as at 13 July 2016).

It said that 62 of the cases are known to have received hospital care and sadly, 2 of the individuals with E.coli O157 infection have died.

Read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-as-e-coli-o157-investigation-continues

 

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UK Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference 2017

The UK Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference will be held on Wednesday, January 25, next year at the KingsGate Conference Centre in Peterborough.

The UK Brassica Growers’ Association and British Leafy Salad Association are once more joining together to hold a combined conference.

The UK Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference will be held on Wednesday, January 25, next year at the KingsGate Conference Centre in Peterborough.
The conference is sponsored by Bayer and further details will be available soon at http://brassicaandleafysaladconference.co.uk/.

To secure a place, register online here.

Brassica Growers Association

The Brassica Growers’ Association is the crop association representing growers of all brassica type crops including cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, swede/turnips and kale. This sector of the fresh produce industry is worth over £650 million in the UK and the association represents more than 80% of its growers.

British Leafy Salad Association

The British Leafy Salads Association is made up of salad growers and packers and has the primary aim of increasing UK consumption of leafy salads.

The association ensures its members are kept informed of market trends and advises them on a number of issues from legal and technical through to current industry advances and best practice.

Source: www.brassicaandleafysaladconference.co.uk