EHEC analyses: no contamination found


QS has collected 1035 results from its scheme participants concerning the analysis of enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) contamination. All results are negative, no contamination was found.

Since last week QS head office has collected data from the EHEC-self assessment of the QS scheme participants. In addition to that QS assigns further analyses. Most of the data collected so far (June 3rd, 2011) comes from Germany (606) with focus on Northern Germany.

From Spain QS got 254 analytical results, from the Netherlands 144 and from other countries 31 in total. Mainly salad (286), cucumbers (130) and tomatoes were analysed. Further samples were taken from Melons, fresh herbs, carrots, rocket, bell pepper, zucchini and other vegetables. Besides, samples were taken from irrigation water. Adhesive film tests and soil samples were analysed, too.

QS initiated audits of special purpose at two wholesalers that are operating at the Hamburger Großmarkt. 31 risk based adhesive film tests were analysed. All results are negative.

In addition to that, QS assigned sampling in Spain, in the region of Almeria (Hortifruticola), also shows no contamination with EHEC. 73 samples were taken there from QS scheme participants (producers and packing stations). Among those nine samples were taken from products (cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and watermelons), six samples were taken from water and six adhesive film test were analysed. All results are negative.

Results of the QS sampling at the organic producer Frunet (not a QS scheme participant) in Spain were negative, too. One sample was taken from cucumbers and six adhesive film tests were analysed there.

Following the link below, you’ll find a list with laboratories that can do EHEC analysis:

List of Laboratories (German)

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