by Jonell Galloway
Reuters has just reported that Russia has banned raw vegetables from the E.U. in relation to the E. coli outbreak which seemingly started in Germany which has killed 17 people and made more than 1,500 others ill in 8 European countries. They had already banned imports of vegetables from Germany and Spain after German health authorities blamed Spanish cucumbers for the outbreak.
Spain is preparing the way for legal action over this accusation, claiming compensation for the loss of 200 millions euros (US$287 million) in a matter of a week, putting tens of thousands of people out of work and tainting the image of Spanish produce.
The Russian consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor, under pressure to adopt E.U. sanitary legislation, cites this case as demonstrating that the E.U. system is not efficient.