Council Press Release, 6 June 2011
The following is an extract from the minutes of the Health Council meeting held on 6 June 2011.
The Commission informed ministers about the latest but rapidly evolving situation concerning the E-coli disease outbreak and described the measures which it had taken so far (exchange of information in real time through the activation of the relevant network, scientific support from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), and the provision of daily updates via internet). It also stressed the importance of rapidly identifying the source of the contamination. Several ministers took the floor and expressed their sympathy with the victims of the disease. Some of them also asked for strengthening of the coordination at European level in order to be better prepared for this kind of crisis in the future.