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Evira: No EHEC Tainted Vegetables in Finland

The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira says that there are no indications that any vegetables tainted with dangerous strains of EHEC bacteria have been imported to Finland. However, Evira's Director General Jaana Husu-Kallio notes that cases of infection may be brought home by travellers.

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Vihannekset tulee aina pestä huolellisesti. Image: YLE

"From the start, those most at risk have clearly been people who have been in Germany," stressed Husu-Kallio.

Husu-Kallio noted that, as more cases are being confirmed, it looks as if the incubation time for cases of the EHEC epidemic that has hit Germany is longer than usual.

"It is possible that there will be new cases in Finland and in other countries," said Director General Jaana Husu-Kallio.

Tracing the source of foodstuffs has functioned quite well, according to Husu-Kallio.

"There are no indications that any suspicious products have been imported to Finland."

A strain of the EHEC bacterium has caused at least 17 deaths, most of them in Germany. Altogether, an estimated 2,000 people have come down with infections. So far, one person has been diagnosed with the EHEC infection in Finland.

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