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Analysis of Spanish cucumbers to be completed early this week

Hungary's Central Agricultural Office (CAO) will announce early this week the results of testing for E. coli bacteria on cucumbers imported indirectly to Hungary from Spain, CAO Deputy President Laszlo Jordan told MTI on Sunday.

The office is carrying out checks at two companies who were importing such cucumbers, he said without revealing names.

Jordan said that CAO had begun urgent microbiological analysis of Spanish cucumbers on Friday, noting that the office is likely to announce the results of the testing on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning.

Ten people have died in Germany and an estimated 1,000 have become sick, primarily in the Hamburg region of the latter country as well as Denmark and Sweden, from eating E. coli-tainted cucumbers.

The European Union has warned Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Luxembourg that they may have imported contaminated vegetables from Spain. Austria and the Czech Republic have recalled a small number of Spanish cucumbers, tomatoes and eggplants from stores.