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Ban on S/African fruit, veggies exports to Egypt lifted

Egypt has lifted a temporary suspension imposed on fresh fruit and vegetables imported from South Africa into the North African country, the agriculture ministry has said.Egypt’s temporary suspension was imposed on 10 May 2018 due to an outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa, which affected mainly pre-cooked, ready-to-eat meat products.

According to the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry on Wednesday, Egypt’s decision to lift the suspension follows Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s announcement that the listeriosis outbreak is over, and that no new cases have been reported in the last three months.

“The ministry would like to emphasise that all exporters of fresh fruit and vegetables must comply with all phytosanitary, food safety and quality requirements for fresh fruit and vegetables destined for Egypt export market,” the minister said.

South Africa’s neighbours have long resumed importing the once banned meat products following Pretoria’s announcement weeks ago.


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