Strawberries Implicated in Massive German Norovirus Outbreak

Scientists from the Robert Koch institute reported on October 5th that frozen strawberries have been identified as the likely cause of the massive foodborne illness outbreak that has affected children and teenagers in almost 500 schools and day care centers in eastern Germany.  According to the latest figures, the outbreak has affected 11,200 children and teens.  Most of those who fell ill had relatively mild cases of vomiting and diarrhea, but 32 patients have been hospitalized.  The schools and kindergartens affected received food from a subcontractor of the catering firm Sodexo, which has said it will compensate victims.


About Les Bourquin

Professor and Food Safety Specialist Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Michigan State University
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