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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

E. Coli Traces Found in Most Shwarma

Traces of E. coli bacteria have been detected in 70 percent of lettuce samples taken from shwarma prepared in Moscow fast-food stands, the city's chief public health official said.

"To put it simply, people are eating fecal matter," the official, Nikolai Filatov, said at a news conference Friday, Interfax reported.

Shwarma is a popular snack of grilled chicken or pork mixed with salad and dressing and wrapped with pita bread.

The E. coli bacteria can cause diarrhea and dehydration.

Moscow authorities started cracking down on street food stands a year ago, but they remain in abundance throughout the city.

Filatov suggested that people boycott the food stands to put them out of business. "I have warned Muscovites about the danger of eating shwarma, doughnuts and other food sold in street kiosks many times," he said.