Fears are growing that an E.coli breakout in northern Germany which has now claimed 14 lives could worsen before the week is out.
Contaminated raw vegetables are suspected, specifically cucumbers imported from Spain. More than 300 people are seriously ill.
With cases now reported in Sweden, Britain and Denmark, Germany’s Health Minister Daniel Bahr is under pressure.
“It is clear that the source has not finally been identified, meaning that we need to continue researching this and need to intensify working together,” he said.
In Spain, the cucumber scare is hitting the local industry hard. Producers deny they are the source of the food poisoning outbreak. They say if it is their vegetables, they could have been contaminated en route to Germany or when they got there.
So far, all the cases of E.Coli have either been German residents or visitors who have travelled to the country.