30 April 1998
Stay clear of contaminated produce,tourists warned in Spain

TOURISTS visiting southwest Spain, which has been hit by the toxic mining spillage, have been warned to beware of poisoned foodstuffs.

Scientists and consumer groups fear mercury, lead and zinc will find their way into local fruit and vegetables in the areas of Cadiz, Seville and Huelva.

They are particularly worried about the sale of such produce through illegal street and roadside vendors.

About 2,023.5ha (5,000 acres) of farmland have been covered by the toxic sludge left behind by the escaping dam water from the disaster that emanated near the town of Aznacollar at the weekend.

  • The Times 30/04/98 page 15
  • The Independent 30/04/98 page 14
  • The Daily Telegraph 30/04/98 page 23
  • Financial Times 30/04/98 page 3