Klaus Verbeck, managing director of the "Gaertnerhof Bienenbuettel", told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung that no fertilisers are used to produce his bean sprouts and that there are no animals on his organic farm.
"I can't understand how the processes we have here and the accusations could possibly fit together," Mr Verbeck told the paper.
"The salad sprouts are grown only from seeds and water, and they aren't fertilised at all. There aren't any animal fertilisers used in other areas on the farm either." Neither Mr Verbeck, himself a vegetarian, nor anyone else from the farm would talk on Monday to journalists