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But consumers were not yet fully convinced.

“It is a relief to finally get some definite information,” said Heinz Schirnig, a 74-year-old resident of Uelzen, near the contaminated farm. “But I don’t know if we can trust this.”

Angelika Peilert, a 59-year-old Berlin resident, agreed.

“I will not eat any fruit or vegetables until they have an ultimate proof,” she said. “Only fruit like bananas which you can peel. The risk is still too big. I have a small grandson and I want to see him grow up.”


Dorothee Thiesing in Bienenbuettel, Maria Cheng in London and Daniel Woolls in Madrid contributed to this report.