Major Czech vegetable farms as well as individuals who sell their own garden produce on markets have been experiencing dramatic decline in sales due to the “cucumber-related” E.coli outbreak. Today (June 5) it was announced by the German government that the outbreak may have originated in Germany, not in Spain. Not cucumbers, but bean sprouts are thought to be behind this major outbreak. Some Czech authorities say that it might be a chance for local Czech producers who might fill in the hole on the market. On the other hand, it is more than likely that the majority of Czech vegetable consumers will take a break from their regular eating habits (unless they obtain cucumbers and other vegetables from a very reliable source). Come to think of it, bean sprouts (and cucumbers, for that matter) are not a traditional part of any Czech meal, so unless one is a die-hard vegetarian whose diet “must” contain said ingredients, the outbreak is not expected to spread around the country. The Czech Health Ministry was quick to say that had any infected bean sprouts been imported, someone would have gotten sick already.
German bean sprouts instead of Spanish cucumbers?