Spain mulls action against Hamburg for E.coli blame

By REUTERS
June 1, 2011 12:54

MADRID - Spain said on Wednesday it was considering legal action against German regional authorities for blaming its produce for an E. coli outbreak that has killed 16 people in Germany, Sweden and other countries.

Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba recalled that on May 26 health authorities in the German state of Hamburg said Spanish cucumbers were found to be contaminated with E.coli, but did not show Spain was the source of the strain.

"There has never been a case of this nature in Spain, which means the bacteria is not in Spain," Rubalcaba told Cadena Ser, Spain's most listened-to radio station.


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