EU health chief criticizes Germany over E. coli
Monday, June 6, 2011
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union health chief is warning Germany against premature -- and inaccurate -- conclusions on the source of contaminated food that have spread fear all over Europe and cost farmers in exports.
EU Health Commissioner John Dalli told the EU parliament in Strasbourg early Tuesday that such public information must be scientifically sound and foolproof before it becomes public.
Over the past days Germany first pointed a finger at Spanish cucumbers, then at local sprouts, before backtracking on both.
EU farm ministers are convening in an emergency meeting in Luxembourg later Tuesday amid demands from farmers that they be paid back for the losses caused by the E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed 22 and sickened more than 2,330.