SCIENTISTS REJECT SOUTH AFRICA CITRUS FRUIT IMPORT BID

BY KEITH NUTHALL

EUROPEAN Union (EU) scientists have rejected requests by the South African government to lift import restrictions on South African citrus fruit over infestations of Guignardia citricarpa Kiely, a fungus that causes citrus black spot disease. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has dismissed arguments from Pretoria the fungus only thrives specifically in South African climates and not in Europe because its climatic zones are different. EFSA also wants additional controls in Europe and South Africa to prevent the disease ...


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