Deadly E. Coli Resurfaces in France Researchers trace sprout seeds to British company By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Jun 27, 2011 4:21 AM CDT 1 comment Comments Experts believe German-grown sprouts were the source of the deadly E. coli breakout that killed some 46 people. Now a strain has emerged again in France liked to a British seed company. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer,File) (Newser) – A deadly strain of E. coli that killed 46 people in Germany appears to have resurfaced in France just at a time when hordes of Americans are heading overseas for vacation. The bacteria has landed eight people in Bordeaux hospitals as health officials scramble to locate the source of the contamination. Most of the sick interviewed to date attended an open house at a local children's recreation center and reported eating sprouts, believed to be the cause of the outbreak in Germany. The sprouts in France, however, have been traced to seeds provided by British company Thomson & Morgan, reports CNN.