A European aid package for vegetable farmers reeling from losses in the wake of the E.coli crisis has been increased to 210 million euros.
But, as the number of people who have died from the infection reaches 27, consumer confidence remains weak.
The rate of infection in the German centred outbreak has slowed down, but that positive news has not prevented the EU from stepping in.
EU Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos said:
“So in total, straight off, we will have a budget of 210 million euros which will be earmarked for this measure. This will enable us to respond to the compensation requests for the period from May 26 through to the end of June. We will then see where we are, take stock of the situation, and see whether or not we need to adjust these figures.”
However, producers in Spain, who were initially wrongly blamed as the source of the E.coli, have been giving their produce away. They say the aid package is not enough and will only compensate then for around 40 percent of their losses.