02 Jun '11, 10am

Russia bans EU vegetable imports: official

Russia bans EU vegetable imports: official

German officials have been unable to find the cause of the outbreak after initially blaming it on organic cucumbers imported from Spain. Russia on Monday banned fresh vegetable shipments from Spain and Germany, warning the sanction could soon be applied to all EU countries if it failed to receive a proper explanation as to how the fatal disease was being spread. -- PHOTO: AFP MOSCOW - RUSSIA on Thursday banned the import of fresh vegetables from all European Union countries because of the deadly E. coli bacteria scare, the head of the consumer protection agency said. 'The fresh vegetable import ban affecting all EU countries went into effect this morning,' agency chief Gennady Onishchenko was quoted as saying by Interfax. Vegetables already shipped in from the European Union 'will be seized across Russia', he added. Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) can result in full-blow...

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