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Parliamentary question - E-002658/2023Parliamentary question

Imports of citrus fruit from South Africa are breaching the EU’s plant health rules

Question for written answer  E-002658/2023
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jordi Cañas (Renew)

Agricultural organisations in the EU have reported that imports of citrus fruits from South Africa containing harmful organisms have tripled since 2022. In the first half of 2022, 12 consignments of citrus fruit were intercepted that were contaminated with Phyllosticta citricarpa, a fungus that causes citrus black spot disease. Some 37 consignments contaminated with the fungus have been detected so far this year[1].

The current EU rules on plant health aim to protect European agriculture and forestry by preventing the entry and spread of pests and diseases. Despite this, however, the Commission continues to allow products to enter the EU from countries that repeatedly fail to comply with plant health requirements, putting the European agricultural sector and food safety in the EU at risk.

In light of the above:

Submitted: 14.9.2023

Last updated: 21 September 2023
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