Testing of vegetables has continued to confirm the extent of the source of the E.coli outbreak in Germany. It comes as the bacteria claimed its first child fatality -a two-year-old in the city of Hanover.
The outbreak has caused a major crisis of confidence among consumers – slashing demand for fresh produce, resulting in major losses for producers.
The number of people who have so far died from the deadly strain has reached 37 and more than 3,000 people have been taken ill.
EU Health Commissioner,John Dalli was not optimistic:
“Unfortunately we are likely to see additional deaths in the coming days because of the incubation period of the disease and where treatment may not have been able to save those badly affected.”
The EU has approved a financial aid package of 210 million euros for fruit and vegetable farmers. Although the source is thought to originate in Germany, producers across the 27 member bloc have been hit by the scare.
Until now, inconclusive tests have been focused on a beansprout farm in northern Germany.