FUTURE phytosanitary agreements between the EU and third countries should focus on "a limited number of products of undoubted importance to the parties," said the European Commission following the emergence of a number of "practical problems" in existing deals. The agreements were designed to ensure that food imported into the EU measured up to the requirements of the Union's new food safety legislation. In practice the agreements - signed so far with New Zealand, Canada, the USA and the Czech Republic - have led to problems. For instance, ...

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