Vegetable ban

Vegetable ban

CPS closed the way to Russia vegetables from the EU. The reason was the spread of acute intestinal infections in a number of European countries, which killed dozens of people. In Rospotrebnadzor advised Russians to buy only domestic products. A European farmers have already started to count the losses.

Russia on Thursday banned the import of fresh vegetables from all EU countries, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Gennady Onishchenko. According to him, fresh vegetables produced in these countries, will be withdrawn from circulation on the territory of Russia. A provision is already sent to the Federal Service of the Russian customs service, reports "Interfax".

"Gennady Onishchenko, urged Russians to abandon the use of imported vegetables in favor of domestic producers." The reason for the ban on the import of vegetables throughout Russia from the EU has continued spread in Europe of acute intestinal infection, said Gennady Onishchenko. He recalled that, until June 2, were banned for import to Russia only vegetables from Germany and Spain.

Head of Rospotrebnadzor advised the Russians to be attentive, personal hygiene and eat fresh fruits only after careful processing. Gennady Onishchenko also urged Russians to abandon the use of imported vegetables in favor of domestic producers.

Recall intestinal infection for several weeks been raging in Europe. The number of infected over 1,200 people, of whom about 300 are in serious condition. Cases have been reported in Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and other countries. In this case, all patients visited Germany.

Victims of infection were dozens of people, almost all victims — women. Only in Northern Europe were 17 cases of death after eating contaminated vegetables. In addition, the infection gives serious renal complications.

While European experts are not fully defined, as victims were infected with Escherichia coli. The Institute of Hygiene Hamburg believe that the source of infection was the salad cucumbers from Spain. Intelligible explanation for the spread of infection from competent sources EU Russia has not yet received.

According to experts, the share of European vegetables in our imports do not exceed 20%. And German vegetables among them, the proportion of Spanish small. Apart from Russia, the ban on the import of vegetables from the EU established in Belgium.

On the eve of Gennady Onishchenko said that in Europe are too liberal standards of antibiotics in poultry, red meat and other food products. All of this, in his opinion, is done in order to neutralize the cost sanitation places livestock. "Human consumption of meat high levels of antibiotics, it is not enough to kill the microflora, but form a stable" — explained the head of Rospotrebnadzor.

Gennady Onishchenko said that the risk of E. coli is that it is part of the normal intestinal flora, but at the same time can cause dangerous urogemolitichesky syndrome. However, this strain is resistant to many antibiotics used in Europe, and thus treated with these drugs is not allowed.

Meanwhile, the European Commissioner for Health John Dalli said that the infection comes to naught. Tests have shown that vegetables from Europe no longer contain the deadly bacteria. Now intensive work to identify the source of infection, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, the Spanish government wants to seek compensation from Germany, as this country has accused the Spanish exporters in the spread of infection. As reported on Wednesday Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, Spain, such statements by Germany led to financial losses for Spanish exporters of vegetables.

However, John Dalli said that talk of compensation for affected farmers is premature, since it is not known how much money they have lost. Experts estimate the loss of Spanish exporters of vegetables from the ban on import of 287 million dollars a week.

In agricultural cooperatives in Spain fear that the spread of infection can lead to the loss of 70 thousand jobs in the country. Spain already has one of the highest unemployment rates in the EU.

In 2010, Spain exported fresh vegetables and fruits by 11.8 billion euros, representing 6.3% of total Spanish exports. The demand for food has helped the fourth largest European economy out of recession.

It should be noted that the output of agricultural products from the Spanish market affects on German farms, which lost around 30 million euros in the week due to the decline in sales. For example, a German company Landgard, which employs more than three thousand farmers, last week destroyed 500 thousand heads of lettuce. Sales of lettuce and tomatoes Landgard in May fell by 40% and 70% respectively compared to the same period last year. Selling cucumbers fell by 80%.

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