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India Blocks European Olive Oil After EU Bans its Mangoes, MEP Claims

Aug. 4, 2014
Julie Butler

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India has blocked arrivals of European foods includ­ing olive oil after the European Union banned imports of some man­goes from India, Italian politi­cian Mara Bizzotto claims.

Mara Bizzotto

India is apply­ing a tough trade pro­tec­tion mea­sure and is boy­cotting cer­tain European food prod­ucts,” the Member of the European Parliament said in a writ­ten ques­tion to the European Commission dated July 24.

In Mumbai alone, to give but one exam­ple, 35 con­tain­ers full of Italian and Spanish olive oil and hun­dreds of bot­tles of wine have, for two whole months, been crammed into ware­houses that are not suit­able for pre­serv­ing the prod­ucts, which by now will have almost cer­tainly per­ished,” she said.

This restric­tive inter­pre­ta­tion of cus­toms reg­u­la­tions by the Indian author­i­ties, to the detri­ment of European prod­ucts, was adopted after the EU halted and then banned imports of the Alphonso vari­ety of mango.”

Bizzotto said Indian author­i­ties are now enforc­ing more strin­gently their rules on food fraud and labelling. Indian Customs have there­fore seized, and blocked in their ports, tonnes of food and alco­hol from Europe because their labels do not indi­cate the pre­cise con­tent of salt, as pre­scribed by Indian health legislation.”

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Bizzotto went on to ask what the Commission will do to resolve the sit­u­a­tion and pro­tect free com­pe­ti­tion” and if it will pro­vide finan­cial assis­tance to European pro­duc­ers who have suf­fered damage.”

According to the Hindu Business Line, the EU imposed a ban on import of man­goes, bit­ter gourd, taro, egg­plant and snake gourd from India in May after pests were detected in some con­sign­ments. India sees the ban as unjus­ti­fied as it has applied strin­gent pack­ag­ing and inspec­tion pro­to­cols to pre­vent contamination.

The pub­li­ca­tion said a team of EU qual­ity inspec­tors will visit India’s pack­ag­ing facil­i­ties next month, after which the ban is expected to be lifted if they find mea­sures to be adequate.


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