The Grocer magazine reports that Freshfel, the European fresh produce association, has sent a letter to sprouted seed suppliers across Europe, proposing the creation of a formal European Sprout Association and a quality label. The aim, Freshfel said, was to “guarantee a minimum level of food safety towards the authorities and the market”. This has come in the aftermath of the European E. coli 0104:H4 outbreak. Freshfel added that a European association would work with EFSA, which will be compiling a risk assessment for sprouts over the coming weeks, and could respond specifically to the challenges faced by European suppliers, Freshfel said. The full article can be found here: – http://www.thegrocer.co.uk//Articles.aspx?page=articles&ID=219955

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