FSA Updates its Advice on E. coli
Following further cases of E. coli in France, the Food Standards Agency is revising its guidance on the consumption of sprouted seeds such as alfalfa, mung beans (usually known as beansprouts) and fenugreek.
Following reports of E. coli cases in France, the Agency is, as a precaution, advising that sprouted seeds should only be eaten if they have been cooked thoroughly until steaming hot throughout. They should not be eaten raw.To date, no cases of food poisoning have been reported in the UK linked to the outbreak in France.
The Agency also advises that equipment that has been used for sprouting seeds should be cleaned thoroughly after use. You should always wash your hands after handling seeds intended for planting or sprouting.