Europe bans SA citrus imports over disease fears

2013-11-28 17:55

Brussels, Belgium – The EU today banned most imports of South African citrus for the remainder of this year over fears that a fungal disease found in dozens of shipments could spread to the 28-nation bloc.

“The introduction of citrus black spot into the EU territory would pose a serious threat to the EU’s citrus-producing areas. For that reason, it is necessary to further restrict the import of citrus fruit from South Africa,” the commission said in a statement confirming the move.

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