Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Spain defends produce safety as E. coli outbreak spreads in Germany - CNN.com

Spain defends produce safety as E. coli outbreak spreads in Germany - CNN.com

A Spanish official bristled Wednesday at accusations that Spain was the cause of a deadly E. coli outbreak that has swept across Germany and Sweden.

Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said, in a SER radio interview, that Spain will not rule out "taking action against the authorities (in Germany) who questioned the quality of our products."

Last week, German officials implied Spanish cucumbers were the cause for the illness that had sickened people. Rubalcaba later Wednesday responded forcefully to that accusation after chairing a meeting of government officials and fresh produce exporters in the southern city of Almeria.

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