EU to offer E. coli 'compensation' to farmers
The European Commission said it will on Tuesday ask states to back special "compensation" for farmers whose sales of fresh produce have evaporated amid a lethal E. coli outbreak centred on Germany.
At an emergency meeting of agriculture ministers in Luxembourg, "the commission will propose concrete measures of compensation," commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde told a news briefing.
"The commission is looking at various legal options," she said, which "will cover not only producers who are members of producer organisations but also those who are not."
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