Was it really the bean spouts Germany? Burger blames cucumbers and bean sprouts

A headline in today’s Telegraph announces that yes, the Germans do think it was the bean sprouts:

E.coli: Germany admits that locally-grown bean sprouts are cause of outbreak

But now lets have a look at some quotes from this article:

The head of Germany’s national disease control centre, Reinhard Burger, said that even though no tests of the sprouts from a farm in Lower Saxony had come back positive, the epidemiological investigation of the pattern of the outbreak had produced enough evidence to draw the conclusion.

“It is the sprouts,” Mr Burger said. He added that the institute is lifting its warning against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce but keeping the warning in place for the sprouts.

Let’s leave aside the fact that someone called Herr Burger would ever cast aspersions on any meat related product, and continue reading:

“It’s crucial that national authorities don’t rush to give information on the source of infection when it’s not justified by the science,” he said. “That creates fears and problems for our food producers. We must be careful not to give premature conclusions.”

After German bean sprouts, the second salad vegetable to be blamed for the outbreak, yesterday followed Spanish cucumbers in being cleared, Gerd Lindermann, the Lower Saxony farm minister, admitted that the cause of the poisoning might never be known.

“It’s quite possible that we’ll never find the active contaminant,” he said

I am not too sure what to make of the article. Maybe they are saying that it was these bean sprouts that people ate that led to their infections, but is that really the entire story? The headline for me in no way seems to match what the actual text is telling me.

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