Germany must compensate local farmers

Claims that contaminated cucumbers caused deaths in 2011 were false

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Locally grown cucumbers were wrongly identified as the source of an E.Coli outbreak in Germany in 2011

By David Jackson

Two Spanish companies have won a court battle for compensation against the German federal government after they were wrongly blamed for an E.Coli outbreak that killed more than 50 people in 2011.

SAT Costa de Almería and Frunet Bio from Málaga took legal action after being partly blamed at the time of the outbreak by German health minister Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks, who said that her ministry had traced the contamination to Spanish cucumbers from Almería.

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