MANAMA, June 5 (Xinhua) -- The Industry and Commerce Ministry of Bahrain on Sunday issued a decision to ban imports of vegetables from Europe countries namely Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.
The decision by the ministry follows E. coli outbreak that has reportedly infected over 1,700 people across 12 European nations, at least 19 have died.
"Although the kingdom import is limited from these countries, this ban will not affect the local market," the ministry said in a statement.
It further advised children and elderly to be extra careful as the bacteria causes severe abdominal pain, diarrhea accompanied by blood and a sharp rise in temperature.
The Consumer Protection Directorate at the ministry also issued set of guidelines for consumers as a prevention procedures against the outbreak. This included washing hands, sterilise cooking utensils and washing fruits and raw vegetabes liberally with water.
Kuwait, UAE and Qatar have already imposed trade restrictions on vegetables from European countries stating all food import should have a health certificate.
On April 26, the Industry and Commerce Ministry issued a decision to responsible officials at the Bahrain International Airport and Mina Salman port of banning imported food items from Japan. This was taken into consideration of the radioactive contamination risks, resulted from the Fukushima nuclear plant reactors in Japan.