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Hungary may seek compensation for vegetable growers

Hungary, as other members of the European Union, is considering seeking compensation for Hungarian vegetable growers who are unable to sell their produce as a result of the outbreak of disease stemming from the new strain of E. coli bacteria that surfaced in northern Germany in late May, Minister of Rural Development Sandor Fazekas said on Friday.

Hungarian-grown vegetables and fruits can be eaten without worrying about possible infection and no E. coli-tainted vegetables have been imported to Hungary, the minister of rural development said during a visit to Budapest's main market hall on Friday morning.

Mr Fazekas, who purchased and consumed a cucumber during his visit to the market hall, estimated that the deadly E. coli outbreak could prevent Hungarian growers from selling several thousand tons of produce.

Mr Fazekas added that at this time of the year domestic vegetable production satisfies almost all of the demand in the country.