Russia lifts ban on Polish vegetables: official

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Russia on Wednesday will resume vegetable imports from Poland, making it the seventh country exempt from a ban on EU imports it imposed over a deadly E. coli outbreak, an official said.

"The ban will be lifted from July 20," spokeswoman for the state consumer watchdog, Lyubov Voropayeva, told AFP on Tuesday.

Early last month Moscow imposed a blanket ban on European Union vegetable imports after an outbreak of E. coli in Germany that has now killed at least 50 people.

The EU condemned the move as disproportionate and without scientific basis.

In the past few weeks the Rospotrebnadzor consumer watchdog permitted imports from the Netherlands and Belgium, later adding Spain, Denmark, Greece and the Czech Republic.

The European Union imports 1.1 million tonnes of vegetables, worth around 600 million euros ($847,698) to Russia every year, according to the European Commission.

© 2011 AFP

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