Thu, October 11, 2012
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Chinese diplomats refute German strawberries accusation

2012-10-11 10:12:16 GMT2012-10-11 18:12:16(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Officials of Chinese embassy in Berlin expressed displeasure about foreign media reports claiming frozen strawberries imported from China likely caused the recent food poisoning outbreak in Germany.

Media reports said some 11,000 schoolchildren in nearly 500 schools and daycare centers across eastern Germany were sickened in the food poisoning outbreak. At least 32 patients required hospitalization for their illness.

The Robert Koch Institut (RKI), which advises the German Health Ministry on infectious diseases, said it initiated epidemiological studies to investigate the responsible food.

These studies have a “strong and statistically significant association” between the consumption of strawberry dishes, prepared from frozen strawberries, and the resulting diseases of diarrhea and vomiting.

And immediately, media reports said the frozen strawberries were from China, which is the world's largest exporter of strawberries.

In response to the accusation, Chinese consulate in Germany expressed discontent with the groundless reports before an official conclusion arrives.

 

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