Farmers hit by the E.coli crisis have turned down an improved offer of compensation from the European Union.

An offer of €210m (£187m) was made yesterday by the EU agriculture commission Dacian Ciolos, as piles of unwanted vegetables continued to rot. But that offer was immediately turned down by the EU farmers’ federation, Copa-Cogeca.

Meanwhile, speculation has suggested that cucumbers may have been the source of the outbreak after all.

German authorities initially claimed cucumbers from Spain were to blame, before quickly backtracking. Beansprouts from northern Germany were also identified as a possible cause. But new reports have focused on cucumbers from an unknown country that may have infected a family in eastern Germany.

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Spain turns down €150m E.coli compensation offer (8 June 2011)
Beansprouts next in spotlight as E.coli confusion deepens (7 June 2011)
Unanswered questions over Europe’s deadly E.coli crisis (analysis; 4 June 2011)