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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Russia bans import of all raw vegetables from EU in wake of E.coli scare

Via The Telegraph :

" Russia angered the European Union on Thursday after it unexpectedly imposed a ban on the import of all raw vegetables from the 27-nation bloc in response to a deadly outbreak of E.coli linked to Germany.

In a move the European Commission condemned as "disproportionate," Russia said it was widening an earlier ban on vegetables from Germany and Spain to cover the entire EU with immediate effect and for an undefined period.

"The ban will remain in place until we are convinced that we have got the situation under control," said Gennady Onishchenko, Russia's top food safety official.

"Getting it under control means knowing the source of the infection, how it is transmitted, and most importantly of all, when the outbreak will be halted and when people will stop getting sick and dying." At least 17 people have died across Europe so far, while more than 1,500 people have fallen ill in eight different European countries including Britain.

Mr Onishchenko, who has a reputation for being outspoken, said the way in which the health scare had been handled showed that the EU's food safety system did not work and was too heavily politicised."

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