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A call for swifter action to remove unnecessary control on banana imports

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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A call for swifter action to remove unnecessary control on banana imports

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) is calling on the Food Standards Agency and the European Commission to lift with immediate effect the unnecessary checks on imports of bananas from the Dominican Republic.  The European Commission recently reviewed Annex I listing of products under EC Regulation 669/2009 and agreed to de-list bananas from 1 October 2010. “After extensive lobbying by FPC we are delighted that the Commission has seen sense to remove the ridiculous controls on bananas from the Dominican Republic which has cost five UK importers around £50,000 since January 2010.  However, the controls must be removed now to avoid these same companies facing a further £30,000 in costs over the next four months,” said Nigel Jenney, Chief Executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium.  “The Commission has agreed with what we have been telling them all along, that pesticide residues, if any, in bananas are not posing a risk to UK consumers. It’s unacceptable that the industry has to incur even more costs and delays when the Commission already confirms that these products are safe to eat.”

Source: Freshplaza