3 June 2011
Last updated at 11:37
European farmers have been discarding or destroying salad vegetables after suspicions over the origin of an E. coli bacteria which has infected hundreds of people in Germany.
Germany had blamed Spanish cucumbers, but has since accepted this was not the case.
Tens of thousands of kilos of fresh fruit and vegetables grown in Spain are being destroyed. Spanish fruit and vegetable exporters estimate they are losing 200m euros ($290m; £177m) a week in sales.
Correspondents say that sales of Spanish produce to supermarkets across Europe - not just of cucumbers, but of everything - have ground to a halt.
Spain - already struggling with a weak economy and high unemployment - has vowed to take action against the the claims, which they say were unsubstantiated. However, experts have been unable to pinpoint the food responsible for the outbreak.
Germans have been told not to eat cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce. Other countries, such as the Netherlands, are also worried about losses amid warnings that exports to Germany could collapse.
Germany's presidential office said it would consider measures to compensate Spanish farmers for the loss of sales.
Javier Diaz, the commercial director of a farming co-operative in southern Spain, said it could take months to restore consumer confidence. Vegetable farmers, he said, "are going to have serious troubles to plan the next year because they are going to have enormous losses."