The Israeli Army said Wednesday that it had stopped all shipments of imported cucumbers, a worrying trend that could affect about one out of every 20 Israeli households.
The move comes in response to a surge of cucumber cases reported among patients in Israel who are under treatment for stomach, liver, breast or intestinal cancers.
The army said it had also stopped some imports of spinach and carrots.
The cucumbers were destined for hospitals, but they were being sold to farmers as raw produce.
In August, the Army raised the price of imported vegetables, citing the health risks of eating the products.
According to the government, the number of cucurbitur and cucumber sales rose from 3.6 million in July to 9.3 million in September.
The decision by the army to halt imports comes amid widespread concern over a new surge in cancer cases among Israeli soldiers and soldiers who have recovered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
About one in 10 soldiers in Israel has been diagnosed with cancer.
Israel has increased the amount of food the army provides to its soldiers.
Last year, the army started providing more than 10 percent of the diet with vegetables to help alleviate the health concerns of soldiers and those affected by the post-combat fatigue.
In October, the Health Ministry proposed a limit on the amount an average soldier can eat.
Currently, the ministry says soldiers should eat no more than 250 grams (11 ounces) of vegetables a day.
Israel has already lowered the limit to 500 grams.