02 Jun '11, 10am

EU wants Russian explanation for vegetable ban

EU wants Russian explanation for vegetable ban

A customer buys vegetables and fruits at a street side market in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. A massive and unprecedented outbreak of bacterial infections linked to contaminated vegetables claimed two more lives in Europe on Tuesday. Russia's chief sanitary agency on Monday banned the imports of cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh salad from Spain and Germany pending further notice. -- PHOTO: AP BRUSSELS - THE European Commission said Thursday it would demand that Russia explain its 'disproportionate' decision to ban imports of fresh vegetables from EU countries over a deadly bacteria scare. 'It's disproportionate,' Frederic Vincent, health spokesman for the European Union's executive arm, told AFP. 'The commission will write to Russian authorities to demand an explanation. This represents between three and four billion euros in European products exported each year,...

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