Tomato sales in Germany have been drastically hit due to the E. coli outbreak in Europe. Farmers are feeling the effect of the public's declined demands on their revenue, according to a new report from CNN.
Petra Lack is a manager of the produce company Werder Frucht.
"At the beginning the demand dropped to about 10% of what we would normally sell, then it went to about 5%," Lack told the news source. "Now the demand has stabilized at about 25% of the normal amount of tomatoes we would be selling."
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there may be an end in site for the vegetable scare in Europe. Reports of new cases of E. coli poisoning have been declining and less new infections are being reported.
"I cannot yet give an all-clear, but after an analysis of the numbers there's reason for hope," Health Minister Daniel Bahr told ARD television, according to the news source. "The numbers are continuously falling — which nonetheless means that there can still be new cases and that one unfortunately has to expect new deaths too — but overall new infections are clearly going down."
The reversal in sales cannot come soon enough for businesses like Werder Frucht.
According to Lack, the government's recommendations for people to beware of vegetables is coming at the cost of his harvest and lost sales.
Reports of E. coli poisoning have been reported in the United States, with at least one death in Tennessee. Officials are urging the public to make sure to cook their vegetables and meats thoroughly before consumption, according to a separate CNN report.