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Black Spots fungi found in citrus from South Africa

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Staff writer ▼ | July 22, 2014
South Africa citrusA consignment of SA citrus fruit heading to Europe has been found to have citrus black spots, the Citrus Growers' Association (CGA) said.

"This is the first time EU inspectors have detected [Citrus Black Spots] CBS in fruit from South Africa this year," said Citrus Growers' Association CEO Justin Chadwick. He said that Dutch authorities for plant health had issued a notification of phytosanitary non-compliance on Sunday after intercepting the consignment.

Phytosanitary measures are designed to ensure consignments of plants, especially agricultural crops, are free from disease. CBS is caused by a fungi infecting the fruit.

"This is disappointing news particularly considering the steps taken to ensure compliance with, and demonstrate commitment to meeting the European Union's requirements."

The notification means that citrus imports from SA are placed on a trade watch-list at EU borders. If spotty fruit is found, the consignments are impounded.

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