By Sam Baker - 06/03/11 08:27 PM EDT
Federal regulators reiterated Friday that they don’t believe a major E. coli outbreak in Europe is likely to spread to the U.S.
Eleven people in Germany have died in the outbreak, which is currently linked to cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes. Officials from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed that the U.S. does not import much produce from Europe and the bacteria have not been found in the U.S.
The only Americans sickened during the outbreak likely ate contaminated food while visiting Germany and simply didn’t get sick until they returned, the FDA said.
“We have no reason to believe, and no expectation, that this is going to spread in our country,” said Chris Braden, the CDC’s director of foodborne diseases.
The FDA has placed controls on German imports and is targeting its inspections at the implicated products.