Spain is holding out for compensation above and beyond the €150m (£135m) currently on offer from the European Union due to the E.coli outbreak.
The country’s farming minister, Rosa Aguilar, yesterday demanded that Spanish suppliers receive “100% of the real market value of the losses” rather than the 30% proposed by the European Commission. Spain claims it is losing as much as €200m a week as a result of the crisis.
Calls for compensation come after German officials initially blamed Spanish cucumbers for the outbreak of E.coli that has swept Europe, devastating exports from the country.
And Spanish MEP Francisco Sosa-Wagner yesterday told delegates at an emergency summit in Luxembourg that “we need to restore the honour of the cucumber”.
Around 25 people have how died as a result of the continent-wide outbreak, with most of the deaths coming in Germany. A twelfth case was yesterday reported in the UK.
The World Health Organisation warned yesterday that the source of the outbreak may now never be known. Experts have branded the German investigation into the outbreak a "disaster".
Read more about the E.coli outbreak
Beansprouts next in spotlight as E.coli confusion deepens (7 June 2011)
UK cucumber prices fall by 30% as E.coli triggers supply glut (4 June 2011)
Unanswered questions over Europe’s deadly E.coli crisis (analysis; 4 June 2011)