London, Apr. 29: Britain is ‘working closely’ with India and the European Commission to end a planned ban on mango imports.
EU is set to ban Indian mangoes from Thursday because plant pests could threaten European salad crops.
The UK reportedly imports nearly 16 million mangoes each year, worth six million pounds.
According to the BBC, Monica Bhandari, from wholesalers Fruity Fresh, said there were other options to tackle the pests and called for an ‘urgent’ reversal of the ban.
The European Commission said the unanimous vote impose the ban followed ‘significant shortcomings’ in the certification system of such products exported to the EU, the report said.
The EC added there was a high number of consignments being intercepted at arrival in the EU with quarantine pests, mainly insects, like non-European fruit flies, the report said.
The EC said that such pests were found in 207 consignments of fruits and vegetables from India imported into the EU in 2013.
According to the report, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said that insects such as the tobacco whitefly, which can carry over 100 harmful viruses, could threaten tomato and cucumber crops.
Environment Minister Lord de Mauley said India is a key-trading partner, and therefore the EU was working closely with Indian and European counterparts to resolve the issue and resume trade.(ANI)