This false accusation had an effect that has spread quicker than the illness itself, and - pretty soon - every other non-European country in the world has taken advantage of the situation by pronouncing bans on all Spanish produce, there by promoting the interests of their own agricultural lobby, making tons more money and securing widespread political popularity as a result.
Meanwhile, back in Spain, 17,000 people have already lost their jobs, and this figure is set to rise. Thousands upon thousands of tons of good fruit and vegetables are being harvested right now, then thrown into waste-disposal bins. Farmers are going out of business, with no guarantee of compensation from the EU.
All this at a time of world food shortage, and all this at a time when there has never been a better time to invest in food as a stock commodity, because of the opportunities for fast returns which the high proportion of starving people - in the non-EU countries which actually GROW the stuff - offers to the lot with full stomachs and a few spare bucks on their hands.
Don't you love the E.U.?