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Food Safety: South Africa to suspend part of citrus exports to EU

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Thursday, 06 September 2018

Food Safety: South Africa to suspend part of citrus exports to EU

The South African citrus sector has informed the European Commission that it will voluntarily suspend part of their citrus exports to Europe as of September 22 due to the risk of spreading the Black Spot disease to the European producing countries. The African country will stop shipping Valencia Late oranges from the producing areas contaminated by this disease, but will continue exporting other citrus fruits, such as late Orri, Tango and Nadorcott mandarins, lemons and grapefruits. For its part, the Argentinian government has issued a statement through the Health and Agroalimentary Quality Service (Senasa) reporting that it will interrupt the inspection of lemons intended for the EU and thus stop the export of these citrus fruits. In Spain, the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers has denounced that with these decisions, both countries are trying to save face before the authorities of the European Union and demonstrate an alleged interest in improving the plant health of their shipments. "Paradoxically, neither of these two countries has announced any plans to suspend the shipment of late mandarins to Europe, when these citrus varieties are also susceptible to attack by Black Spot." It is worth noting that the mandarin export campaigns in South Africa and Argentina are now reaching their peak, while their Valencia Late and lemon seasons are already entering the declining stages," says Cristóbal Aguado, president of AVA-ASAJA.

Source: freshplaza.com