European Commission considers requiring cold treatment for all imported citrus fruits

Fresh Orange
Regulation & Compliances
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Published Apr 19, 2024

Tridge summary

The European Commission is contemplating extending the cold treatment requirement, initially imposed on South African oranges in 2022 to combat the false moth, to include all citrus fruits at risk of pests, such as mandarins and grapefruits, from countries like Israel, Zimbabwe, and Morocco. This proposal, aimed at safeguarding local production and ensuring fair trade practices, was shared by EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski with Carlos Mazón, president of the Generalitat Valenciana. The decision, which has garnered support from Spanish agricultural organizations due to its potential to protect local industries, will be influenced by the outcomes of the upcoming European elections and the formation of the new European Commission.
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Original content

The European Commission is open, for the first time, to the possibility of requiring cold treatment for all imported citrus fruits that present a risk of pests, a measure long requested by the Valencian agricultural sector to prevent the entry of diseases and guarantee reciprocity in business relationships. This provision, which was initially applied in 2022 exclusively to oranges from South Africa as a result of pressure exerted by European producers after detecting fruit affected by the false moth, could now be extended to mandarins and grapefruits, as well as imports from other regions. with pest alerts such as Israel, Zimbabwe and Morocco. Janusz Wojciechowski, EU Agriculture Commissioner, communicated this potential expansion to Carlos Mazón, president of the Generalitat Valenciana, during a videoconference. The proposal, which will be presented in the plenary session of the Commission, is marked by the upcoming European elections on June 9 and its adoption will depend on the ...
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