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Friday, 04 January 2013

Tougher rules for vegetable exporters to the EU

All vegetable exporters to the European Union face tougher mandatory compliance procedures starting this month as new food safety rules take effect.
The European Parliament has adopted tough measures on food safety in which all consignments entering the bloc must be subject to thorough scrutiny right from the point of origin. Under the new regulations, exporters to the EU will be required to fill a Common Entry Document (CED) which would be counterchecked by authorities to confirm compliance with all safety controls on harmful elements such as Aflatoxins, pesticide residues and metals such as lead.
In a tough stance to ensure that maximum residue levels are as low as possible, applicants seeking to make shipments to the EU must get approval for a pesticide used by submitting scientific information about the minimum amounts of the pesticide necessary to protect a crop and the residue level remaining on the crop after such treatment. The European Food Safety Authority then verifies that the residue is safe for all its consumer groups.
trict regulation on pesticide usage by the EU has been cited as a major barrier to growth in trade with several developing nations such as Kenya that are situated within the tropics and have to endure high levels of pest attacks every crop season.


Source: BDAfrica.com