- In view of the increasing contamination by pests in fruits and vegetables imported from India, the European Union has imposed a temporary ban on Indian Alfonso Mango, eggplant, the taro plant, bitter gourd and snake gourd.
- According to the Standing Committee on Plant Health, this move is to tackle, the poor standards of hygiene of the plant products and the potential introduction of new pests that could harm the flourishing salad industry of Europe.
- The ban which to come to effect this May and is due for revision before December 2015, has angered wholesalers and retailers who will be hit hard by this ban, particularly because this was imposed without any consultation.
- Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz has written to the European Commission president stating that Mangoes have been imported into Britain from India since centuries, and he has also written to the Indian Government to ascertain if they were consulted on the matter.
- Read at: http://www.thehindu.com/
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