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Hungary applies for EU support to cover E.coli losses

Hungary has applied for €1.6 million in European Union compensation for losses that farmers in the country sustained as a result of produce left unsold due to the deadly outbreak of E.coli-related illness in Germany last May, Ministry of Rural Development State Secretary György Czerván said on Tuesday evening.

Czerván said Hungary had submitted the request for EU compensation for 4,849 tons of fruit and vegetables that farmers were unable to sell between May 26 and June 30 as a result of the May outbreak of E.coli-related stomach illness, which killed over 40 people in Germany.

Minister of Rural Development Sándor Fazekas estimated in early June that Hungarian farmers sustained losses of tens of billions of forints due to the outbreak.

The European Union on June 14 approved a €210 million compensation package for losses suffered among EU fruit and vegetable growers as a result of the E.coli outbreak.