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By Michael P. Orsi
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Topic - John Dalli
The European Union's health commissioner resigned Tuesday over corruption allegations involving tobacco laws but has denied any wrongdoing and has vowed to clear his name.
Cucumbers were back on the radar of German health authorities Wednesday as the possible cause of an E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed at least 26 people and sickened over 2,700 others.
Germany's national disease control center says the number of people reported sick in a deadly bacterial outbreak is still rising even though German officials say there is hope the epidemic is abating.
Germany reported two more deaths and 300 more E. coli cases Wednesday, but its health minister insisted that new infections were dropping, giving some hope that the world's deadliest E. coli outbreak was abating.
The European Union health chief held an emergency meeting with German officials on the E. coli crisis Wednesday but avoided publicly criticizing their efforts even as more people died or were infected by the deadly bacteria.
Big fruit and vegetable producers Spain, Italy and France angrily demanded compensation for farmers who have been blindsided by huge losses in the E. coli outbreak, forcing the EU farm chief to increase his offer of aid.
An expert at the World Health Organization said Tuesday that time is running out for German investigators to find the source of the world's deadliest E. coli outbreak, which has spread fear across Europe and cost farmers millions in exports.
The European Union health chief on Tuesday warned Germany against premature _ and inaccurate _ conclusions on the source of contaminated food that have spread fear all over Europe and cost farmers in exports.
Germany's national disease control center says a further 94 people have been sickened by the deadliest E.coli outbreak in modern history.
An expert at the World Health Organization says time is running out for German investigators to find the source of the world's deadliest E. coli outbreak, which has spread fear across Europe and cost farmers millions in exports.
The EU farm chief proposed giving farmers euro150 million ($219 million) in compensation Tuesday to help those slammed by plunging demand for produce amid the world's deadliest E. coli outbreak.
In their second major retraction in a week, German officials said initial tests provided no evidence that sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany were the cause of the deadly E. coli outbreak. One U.S. expert called the German investigation "a disaster."
First they pointed a finger at Spanish cucumbers. Then they cast suspicion on sprouts from Germany. Now German officials appear dumbfounded as to the source of the deadliest E. coli outbreak in modern history, and one U.S. expert called the investigation a "disaster."
"The focus of this meeting is to ensure that all the steps are being taken to get to the final elimination of this contamination as soon as possible and to see whether any more resources and efforts should be made," Mr. Dalli told reporters as he went into the emergency summit in Berlin.
"This is not the time for criticism and recriminations, but the time to focus our efforts at all levels in order to get to grips on this crisis," he said.