Valencia’s main agricultural professional organisation, La Unio-Uniò de Lluradors, has asked retailers in the country to minimise purchases of South African citrus. The appeal comes after the discovery of prohibited substances in South African fruit. There are 62 active substances used in South Africa that are banned in the EU, 13 of which are defined as “very dangerous” for human health by the WHO.
La Unio has defined its appeal: “a form of sensitivity towards farmers, but above all consumers”. Meanwhile, the organisation is also asking Brussels to block imports from countries where banned active substances are allowed in agriculture.