The Food Safety Authority has said it is in the process of contacting all retailers, suppliers and caterers in relation to an outbreak of E Coli in Germany to ensure there is no contaminated product here.

More than 200 people have been affected by the outbreak of E Coli in Germany and four people have died.

Cases have also been reported in Sweden, Denmark, Britain, and the Netherlands.

A spokesperson for the Food Safety Authority said there is no indication that there is any of the product in Ireland at this stage.

They also said the majority of cucumbers being sold here are Irish.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said there are no cases in Ireland of the E Coli strain.

A spokesperson for the centre said it is continuing to monitor the situation closely to identify if any cases appear.

European health officials say cucumbers imported from Spain are the likely source of the outbreak.

A European Commission statement said it had been informed by the German authorities that they had identified organic cucumbers from two provinces of Spain - Alneria and Malaga - as one of the sources.

A third suspect batch of cucumbers from the Netherlands, but traded in Germany, was under investigation while German authorities continue to seek to identify other potential sources.

'People who have recently visited Germany should pay attention to symptoms, such as bloody diarrhoea, and accordingly consult their physician,' said Frederic Vincent, the commission spokesman for health issues.

The commission stressed that it was 'essential' to rapidly identify potential cases 'to prevent the development of severe disease.'

Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli, which causes haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), a disease that can result in acute renal failure, seizures, strokes and coma.