"Things are awful at the moment."
- PETRA LACKmanager of a vegetable company in Germany, where fresh produce is being trashed by the ton due to Europe's E. coli scare; warnings by the government to avoid raw lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers have resulted in a near-boycott of almost all vegetables
"If we don't know the likely culprit in a week's time, we may never know the cause."
- GUENAEL RODIERWorld Health Organization expert, saying that whatever produce caused Europe's deadly E. coli outbreak is probably no longer on the market; German officials wrongly pointed the finger at cucumbers and sprouts
"This investigation has been a disaster."
- MICHAEL OSTERHOLMof the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, after German officials said, contrary to an earlier statement, that sprouts probably weren't the source of a deadly E. coli outbreak; they’d previously accused cucumbers
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