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Sprouts Suspected in Japan Food Poisoning

August 08, 1996| Associated Press

TOKYO — Supermarkets pulled radish sprouts off the shelves after the Japanese government announced Wednesday that they probably caused a food poisoning outbreak that killed a 10-year-old girl and sickened 6,308 schoolchildren in a central Japanese city.

The outbreak of E. coli 0157 bacteria has killed seven people and sickened more than 9,000 nationwide.

The Health Ministry said the source of the bacteria in the city of Sakai, south of Osaka, probably was pungent green sprouts called kaiware daikon.

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