Russia looks set to lift its ban on all imports of EU fruit and vegetables but impose a new one on about 300 German meat, poultry and dairy companies.

Just as EU officials said they expected the fruit and veg ban introduced during the E.Coli outbreak to end, Russia announced plans to restrict meat imports because it believed livestock may have been the source following inspections in Germany.

The German authorities said that they had traced the outbreak to bean sprouts grown in Lower Saxony.