There has been an outbreak of E. coli in Germany, believed to be linked to raw cucumbers from two producers in Southern Spain. We do not work with either of these producers (and there is no way that E. coli can travel through the air to other farms).
We are now coming into the UK cucumber season, so all our cucumbers will be homegrown. As a precautionary measure, we test our crops regularly for the presence of bacteria, to make sure the agricultural safeguards we have in place are working effectively.
For some of the year we sell Spanish cucumbers grown by Paco Sanchez. Paco fertilizes his crops with sterilised organic chicken manure pellets and the crops are irrigated with a drip feed at ground level to prevent any contamination.
We will continue to monitor the situation, but you can be confident buying from Riverford: we have direct relationships with our growers, we visit them often and are familiar with their cropping systems. We also have our own transport system, so Riverford veg does not get mixed up with produce from other farms. As always, it’s worth remembering that you should wash all fruit and veg thoroughly before eating it.