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Kuwait lifts ban on imports of onions from Egypt

Staff Writer | November 18, 2017
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Kuwait has decided to lift the ban on the import of onions from Egypt as a step toward resolving crises incited by the skyrocketing prices of onions over less than 24 hours, reports Al-Rai daily.
Food trade   Remnants of insect repellent
Months ago, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry banned the import of Egyptian onions after they were found to contain remnants of insect repellent exceeding standard specifications. Sources said recent samples affirmed that onions imported from Egypt are safe and contain the acceptable rate of harmful substances.

They said lifting the ban on Egyptian onion will help restore balance in the market, especially as its share in the Kuwaiti market is 40 percent.

They are expecting the onions to reach Kuwait within two days. It is noteworthy the Minister of Commerce and Industry formed an emergency team and gave instructions to find ways of ending the crisis.

Meanwhile, Head of the Foodstuff Traders and Manufacturers Association Abdullah Al-Be’aijan said 200 trucks carrying 600 tons of fruits and vegetables are put away due to delay in the results of laboratory testing by the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition.

He added the samples exceed the capacity of the laboratories and the natural traits of the goods have been changed due to the long wait, making them unsafe for human consumption.