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EU imposed temporary ban on Indian Alphonso mangoes and 4 vegetables

Apr 29, 2014 16:16 IST

The 28-member European Union (EU) on 28 April 2014 imposed a temporary ban on import of Alphonso mangoes and four vegetables from India. The ban will come into effect from 1 May 2014.

The ban was imposed following the decision of the grouping’s Standing Committee on Plant Health, who in 2013 found 207 consignments of vegetables and fruits imported from India to EU were contaminated. Those consignments were contaminated by pests like fruit flies and quarantine pests.

The European Commission has proposed a temporary ban on
• Mangoes
• Eggplant
• The taro plant
• Bitter gourd
• Snake gourd

The commission prohibits the import to tackle the significant shortcomings in the sanitary certification system of any or such products, which are exported to European Union.

The committee that has prohibited less than 5 percent of the fresh foods and vegetables which are imported from India to EU said that the introduction of new pests could pose a threat to EU agriculture and production.

India exports about 16 million mangoes to UK and fetches nearly GBP 6 million a year from the fruit market. This ban will be revised before 31 December 2015.

This imposed ban has sparked protests of the Indian community, traders and lawmakers. They claim that they will lose hundreds of pounds due to ban. The ban has also been opposed by the wholesalers and retailers in Indian-dominated regions of UK.

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