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Indian Alphonso Mangoes banned in European Union

The 28-nation bloc European Union (EU) has imposed a temporary ban on the import of Alphonso mangoes, the king of fruits, and 4 vegetables from India effective from May 1, 2014. The move by EU has led to protests from the Indian community, legislators and traders. The temporary ban includes Alphonso mangoes, eggplant, taro plant, bitter gourd and snake gourd, and prohibits the import to tackle the deficiency in the sanitary certification system of such products exported to the EU.

[icon name=”icon-question-sign”]Which fruits and vegetables are banned by the EU?

EU has imposed a temporary ban on following:-

  • Fruit(s): Alphonso Mangoes
  • Vegetables: Eggplant (Baingan), Taro plant (Arbi), Bitter Gourd (Karela), Snake Gourd (Chichinda)

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[icon name=”icon-question-sign”]Why EU has banned Indian Mangoes and 4 vegetables?

The EU’s Standing Committee on Plant Health decided to impose the ban after 207 consignments of fruits and vegetables from India imported into the EU in 2013 were found to be contaminated by pests such as fruit flies and other quarantine pests. As per the Committee, the potential introduction of new pests could pose a threat to EU agriculture and production.

UK’s DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) that is supporting the ban apprehended that the new pests could jeopardize the country’s GBP 321 million salad crop industry of tomato and cucumber. The UK imports nearly 16 million mangoes from India and the market for the fruit is worth nearly GBP 6 million a year. A revision of the ban will be done before December 31, 2015.

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