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Importing Food from Europe is Banned in Kuwait

KuwaitMohammed Ghazi Al-Otaibi, Assistant General Manager of the Services Affairs Department and Chairman of Food Safety Committee announced that because of spreading of EHEC bacteria in and Germany, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in has been asked to prevent importing cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce from those countries. “An entirely new super-toxic” strain of has been discovered by scientists. The toxic strain which causes serious diarrhea is similar to about 90% of the E. coli bacterium.

These strains are similar to those involved in hemorrhagic colitis and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) -a deadly complication of E.coli– as the report said. “The committee stressed the need to test other vegetables from both countries and ban the entry of these vegetables to Kuwait to ensure public safety. Spain requested resumption of trading of these vegetables two days ago after the German laboratory test results proved that the bacterium is not from cucumber” Al-Otaibi added.

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