EU protests Russian ban on vegetable imports

June 3rd, 2011 - 1:24 am ICT by IANS  

Brussels, June 2 (IANS) The European Commission lodged a protest to Russia Thursday while urging lifting of a ban on all vegetable imports from the European Union (EU), Xinhua reported.

“The European Commission protested to the Russian Federation this afternoon against the Russian ban imposed earlier today on all EU vegetable exports to Russia, and requested the immediate withdrawal of the measure,” the EU’s executive arm said in a statement.

Russia extended a ban on German and Spanish fresh vegetables to cover the whole EU Thursday due to a deadly outbreak of the E.coli bacteria, accusing Brussels of giving insufficient information on the situation despite repeated requests.

The commission said it had kept all of its trading partners, including Russia, fully informed about all developments on the outbreak in a transparent manner.

Officials working for EU Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli have sent a letter to the Russia authorities to express concerns about Moscow’s decision, according to the commission.

The E.coli outbreak has killed 18 and sickened more than 1,600 people across the EU, mostly in Germany.

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