Economic impact of E. coli on the agricultural industry

‘Fear’ is what is stopping the sales of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and other fruits and vegetables right across Europe following the recent E. coli scare in Germany. The result has had a devastating impact on the livelihoods of farmers across Europe, especially those in Spain. Tens of thousands of tons of fruit and vegetables have had to be destroyed, especially cucumbers, as it was originally thought the E. coli outbreak originated from Spanish cucumbers.

The economic impact has seen a meltdown in the Spanish agricultural industry. Most of the harvest has had to be destroyed or simply ploughed back into the soil. Tests have been ongoing in Germany to establish exactly where and from what the deadly outbreak of E. coli started. The result was that people suddenly stopped buying Spanish vegetables, especially cucumbers. Spanish farmers have demonstrated, demanding compensation from the EU.

Category: Economic / Business / Agriculture