From the UK point of view, Jenney stressed that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Health Protection Agency (HPA) continued to make “positive, constructive” statements to UK consumers that there was no trace of contamination in produce here or in distribution systems.
Jenney said consumers could have confidence in UK cucumbers, given that: (1) the E. coli link to cucumbers has been discredited; (2) at this time of year most cucumbers on UK sale are either home grown or from Holland (i.e. not from Northern Germany, which is the geographical centre of the outbreak).
Pas Milazzo, commercial director of UK Salads told FoodManufacture.co.uk: “We are sure that our product is 100% safe, but something needs to be done as the problems in Germany are affecting our business. We had one customer tell us they were 40% down on sales of cucumbers. Prices are also being hit.”