The EU has imposed further restrictions on imports of Peruvian mango. The new regulation will come into effect on September 1 to control for fruit fly. It is now required that the fruit undergo hydrothermal treatment to eliminate the pest. Moreover, the fruit must come from a plot which has been certified free of fruit fly for at least 3 months.
This measure could have a considerable effect on Peru’s mango exports, with 65% of the country’s fresh mango exports shipped to the EU. The next largest markets are the US (30%), followed by China, Japan, South Korea and Chile.
A consignment of Pakistan’s mangos has been rejected after UK customs authorities detected fruit flies. A shipment of 1,300 kilograms of mangos is now in UK’s quarantine department and is the third consignment from Pakistan to be rejected this season, which ends in September 2018. The UK’s Department of Plant Protection (DPP) immediately suspended the license of the mango exporter and imposed sanctions on its hot-water treatment plant. Meanwhile, Waheed Ahmad, vice-president of the FPCCI and a leading mango exporter, said that the DPP should have conducted inquiries and before taking such action. Ahmad called the act unjustified as it was revealed that the fruit flies were dead and the mangos had undergone appropriate hot-water treatment. A complaint has been lodged with the UK authorities since no inquiries have been carried out with regard to the two previously rejected consignments.