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The World Today: Fruit threat.

THE traditional British summer pudding of strawberries and cream is under threat due to a shortage of migrant workers, a farmers union has warned.

Strawberries, raspberries and seasonal salad crops could be left to rot in the fields because of a shortage of EU workers travelling to the UK for harvesting jobs.

The National Farmers' Union chief horticultural advisor Philip Hudson said: "There is a potential for crops to be left unharvested.

"I do not want to scaremonger but our real concern is that the harvest is going to be left in the field which will mean there will be less British produce in the supermarket.

"We are talking about strawberries, raspberries and salad crops."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 29, 2007
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