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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Germany and Spain talk cucumbers amid E. coli outbreak

Article from DW World :

" German and Spanish officials are to meet Wednesday to discuss the E. coli outbreak and a false alarm on cucumbers. This comes after the EU proposed a substantial compensation fund for farmers hit by the outbreak.

German and Spanish officials were set to hold talks Wednesday about the outbreak of E. coli in northern Germany and the Berlin government's ultimately erroneous warning on Spanish cucumbers.

Since Germany mistakenly identified Spain as the source of the outbreak last week, Madrid has repeatedly called for compensation for its farmers. Initial investigations uncovered a different strain of E. coli bacteria on some Spanish cucumbers and a public health warning was subsequently issued, but scientists later discovered that the findings were unrelated to the current outbreak."

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