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Saudi Arabia suspends imports of European vegetables

Saudi Arabia has decided to suspend imports of vegetables from the EU in order to block the epidemic linked to the EHEC bacteria Al Jazeera said on its website on Tuesday.

According to the Saudi Minister of Agriculture Fahd Bin Abdul Rahman Bin Soleyman Balghuneim, imports will remain suspended until the source of infection is not known.

Experts estimate that the Saudi Ministry suspension will have little impact on the local vegetable market, Saudi Arabia importing  vegetables only from French and Dutch.

Friday, Lebanon announced its decision to suspend imports of vegetables from Europe. To meet market demand, Beirut has decided to increase imports from Syria and Jordan.

Saturday, Qatar has suspended imports of vegetables from Spain and Germany.

Recorded initially in northern Germany, a dangerous intestinal infection caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli enterohaemorrhagic (EHEC) has spread to other European countries, infecting thousands of people. According to the World Health Organization, cases of disease have been recorded in ten European countries.

The bacteria killer, whose origin remains unknown, has already killed over 20 people.




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