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EU farm chief proposes millions in aid for E. coli

By RAF CASERT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU’s farm chief on Tuesday proposed euro150 million ($219 million) in aid to help producers hit by the continent’s E. coli contamination crisis.

European Union Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos said agriculture ministers will consider whether farmers can recoup from EU coffers up to 30 percent of the value of vegetables that cannot be sold because of the German E. coli crisis.

An agreement in principle on aid is expected later Tuesday.

EU farmers outside northern Germany where the crisis is located have been livid that their crops have been hurt by the fallout of the continentwide scare.

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