quick scan
WI-WE Progress
Progress: 62.92%   WWI-WE Version: 4
0 mandatory questions pending
19 questions total
11 questions answered
11 questions completed
8 questions pending
Popular WI-WE Tags

Mapping Weak Signals

Inspired by: TV/radio » Deadly food products hit Europe

version: 4 / updated: 2011-05-29
id: #1750 / version id: #1750
mode: VIEW

Originally submitted by: Rafael Popper
List of all contributors by versions (mouse over)
Last changed by: Rafael Popper
WI-WE status:
unpublished archived

Source of inspiration

Television/radio (e.g. programmes and publicity)

The source of the Weak Signal is


Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Deadly food products hit Europe

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Health officials say the virus, believed to have originated from organic cucumbers imported from Spain, has killed 10 people and infected hundreds more in Germany. The epicentre of the outbreak has been in the country's north with more than 270 people contracting the disease in recent weeks - four times the normal annual figure of about 60. Three cases have also been reported in Britain, a further 25 in Sweden and seven in Denmark. In Austria there have been two cases, while the Netherlands and Switzerland have each had one suspected case. All of the cases are understood to have been linked with travel to Germany.


E.coli, bacteria, food trade, cucumber, virus, Germany, Spain


(max. 250 characters)
The world's biggest outbreak of a deadly form of E.coli bacteria has claimed another life as it continues to spread across Europe.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Emergence of portable devices for rapid food-fitness inspection. new/emerging
very beneficial


please specify
please select
Level 1: important for a particular country Germany, Spain
Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

economic filters (business/market interests)
scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Food security and diet

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology