Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital Business
Capital Business


Lebanon bans EU vegetable imports on E. coli fears

BEIRUT, June 3 – Lebanon imposed a ban on Friday on all vegetable imports from the European Union in response to an outbreak of E. coli poisoning that has killed at least 18 people, the agriculture minister said.

"We have decided to ban the import of all types of vegetables from Europe," Hussein Hajj Hassan told AFP.

He said the ban posed "no risk of shortages on the local market," as Lebanon could count on its own production and that of neighbouring Jordan and Syria.

Earlier this week, Russia banned all vegetable imports from the EU, sparking an angry response from the 27-nation bloc which warned the move was at odds with its bid to join the World Trade Organisation.

Like Russia, Lebanon is not currently a WTO member.

Officials in the northern city of Hamburg initially blamed organic Spanish cucumbers but tests this week showed that while they carried bacteria, it was not the strain responsible for the contamination.

Despite the false alarm over Spanish produce, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany\’s national disease centre, still advises consumers to avoid cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, particularly in the north of the country.

Click to comment



More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...