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Friday, 17 April 2015

COPA-GOGECA warns EC on Citrus Black Spot

In the run up to the new season of citurs imports,  COGECA  has written to the EU Heath and Food Safety Commissioner urging for measures to be stepped up to prevent spread of black spot disease in Europe via imports from South Africa. Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said,: “The new import season for South African citrus fruit is now beginning. Given the South African sector’s attitude and the experience gained in 2013 and 2014 when 35 and 28 interceptions respectively were recorded, the EU should take new measures and enforce its Implementing Decision from 2nd July 2014, to establish: greater phytosanitary controls at ports of entry and especially where the main imports come into the EU - the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. An article should be set up in EU law to enable the EU to decide automatically to shut its border on a precautionary basis to imports when there is a high risk. This is a European phytosanitary problem.”