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Wednesday, 01 June 2016

EU partially relaxes citrus black spot rules for South Africa

European Union import restrictions concerning citrus black spot disease (CBS) and South African exports have been partially relaxed with revised rules coming into force from June 1. One of the most significant relaxations concerns the CBS interception threshold of five which was a limit aimed at stronger controls and was often referred to as the ‘five strike rule’. The other easing is for citrus used in juicing. It must still come from CBS-treated areas, but from June will only be subject to a visual inspection. If CBS is detected then only that particular consignment will be refused, without knock-on effects for the South African packing facilities from which it originated. Both relaxations come after a European Food Safety Authority risk assessment that determined there is a low risk of transferring CBS to processing juice. Reacting to the EU’s partial easing, South Africa’s Citrus Growers’ Association’s special envoy for market access and EU matters, Deon Joubert, tells www.freshfruitportal.com it’s a step in the right direction.

Source: freshfruitportal.com