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EU proposes aid package for farmers hit by E. coli

The European Commission has proposed giving at least 150m euro (£134m; $220m) in compensation to farmers hit by the deadly E. coli outbreak.

EU agriculture ministers have been holding crisis talks, amid criticism of Germany's handling of the outbreak.

Producers of salad vegetables have seen sales plummet during the outbreak, which has killed 24 people and sickened nearly 2,400.

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 07 Jun 2011
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