EU bans In­dian milk im­port

Due to non com­pli­ance with EU re­quire­ments, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has banned the im­port of se­lect prod­uct from In­dia. Au­di­tory mea­sures are to be im­ple­mented to mea­sure im­prove­ment will take place in Septem­ber.

Cargo Talk - - Cargo News -

After man­goes, the Euro­pean Union (EU) has now pro­hib­ited the im­port of milk and milk prod­ucts for hu­man con­sump­tion and cer­tain fruits and vegetables from In­dia. The rea­son be­hind the ban is non-com­pli­ance with EU re­quire­ments.

The ban also ex­tends to other fruits and vegetables from In­dia with ef­fect from April 26, 2014 till De­cem­ber 31, 2015 for in­ter­cep­tion of harm­ful or­gan­isms.

The Cen­tre is in the process of ne­go­ti­at­ing a bi­lat­eral Broad-based Trade and In­vest­ment Agree­ment (BTIA) with the EU, cov­er­ing a num­ber of tracks, rang­ing from trade in goods to ser­vices.

"In the light of con­certed ef­forts on In­dia's part, Food and Vet­eri­nary of­fice of Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has agreed to send an au­dit team in Septem­ber to ver­ify im­prove­ment in plant health con­trols and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem with re­gard to fruits and vegetables," said Nir­mala Sithara­man, Com­merce and In­dus­try Min­is­ter.

The Agri­cul­tural and Pro­cessed Food Prod­ucts Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (APEDA) has al­ready asked all ex­porters to route ship­ments of fresh fruits and vegetables through APEDA-ap­proved pack houses, where it would be mon­i­tored by plant quar­an­tine per- son­nel. In a re­port to the EU, APEDA in­formed them about the new de­vel­op­ment, wherein “an ex­clu­sive area for in­spec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion work has been es­tab­lished at the Mumbai air­port from where ma­jor ex­port to the EU coun­tries takes place.” Veg­etable ex­ports to the EU had fallen 30 per cent in the first four months of the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.