European Union bans India's Alphonso mangoes, some vegetables

Apr 29 2014, 09:29 IST
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The temporary ban, proposed by the European Commission, includes mangoes, eggplant, the taro plant, bitter gourd and snake gourd. (Reuters) The temporary ban, proposed by the European Commission, includes mangoes, eggplant, the taro plant, bitter gourd and snake gourd. (Reuters)
SummaryAlphonso mangoes, the king of fruits, and four vegetables from India have been banned by EU.

shopkeeper in Leicester said the ban could see city retailers' profits fall by thousands of pounds.

Rajesh Pabari said he can make 9,000 pounds from selling the mangoes during their eight-week growing season.

Another trader Dharmesh Lakhanit said the fruits are "very valuable" to Leicester's economy, according to the BBC.

UK's environment minister Lord de Mauley also waded into the controversy, stressing that his department is working on lifting the ban as soon as possible.

"India is a key trading partner and these temporary restrictions affect a tiny percentage of the successful business we conduct with them.

"We are working closely with our Indian and European counterparts to resolve the issue and resume trade in these select products as soon as possible," he said.

Meanwhile, an e-petition titled 'Reverse Mango Import Ban' has gathered hundreds of signatures over its warning that: "The ban will severely impact importers and distributors in the UK and for some it will render their entire trade unfeasible.

"The ban has been undertaken hastily. Proven treatments have not been considered before an outright ban e.g. hot water treatment, irradiation which is approved for import into the USA and vapour heat treatments," adds the petition created by Monica Bhandari, who runs the London-based Fruity Fresh (Western) Limited import firm.

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