The advice is based on a risk assessment by the European Centre of Disease Control (ECDC) in collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), from all available information from the outbreaks in France and Germany, including the tracing work performed on the suspected sprouted seeds.
There are now fewer new reported cases of EHEC (enterohaemorrhagic E. coli infection) reported in Germany, and the source is sonsidered to be sprouted seeds.. French authorities are investigating a local outbreak of EHEC with the same bacterial strain that caused the outbreak in Germany. Sprouted seeds are also the suspected source of infection in the French outbreak.
There are no reports of new cases of illness related to these outbreaks in Norway.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has mapped the import into Norway of seeds which are the suspected source of infection. For more information and advice see the Food Safety Authority’s website.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health are advising people who have bought seeds for personal consumption to delay germination until further notice.