Banana: Regulatory Alert in Europe

Due to the possible change in the regulations established by the European Union on the use of agrochemicals in the production of the fruit that enters their territory, exporters in the region are on the alert for the possible complications that this would generate in the commercialization.

Friday, October 30, 2020

In order to protect the health of consumers, European authorities could vary the maximum residue limits (MRL's) that food entering the region may contain.

Although in Central America several banana producers have focused on reducing the use of agrochemicals, due to the region's microclimates, they are forced to use them to combat the diseases that attack the planted areas.

You may be interested in "Banana: Exports up to September 2018" review that Silvia Bechara, representative of the chemical company BASF, explained in a forum organized by the National Banana Corporation of Costa Rica (Corbana) that "... 'the limits based on use of the European Union, are the maximum residue limits based on import tolerance and in principle should be maintained, if it has been proven that its use is safe for the European consumer, however, at that time we are not sure that Europe respects the legal framework established."

In the same forum, Gloria Abraham Peralta, Costa Rica's ambassador to the World Trade Organization, said that "... the European Union has already been asked to apply the maximum residue limits allowed, while calling for a risk assessment of each specific substance and product, in accordance with the multilateral obligations of the European Union."

According to CentralAmericaData reports, during 2019 Central American sales of bananas abroad amounted to $2,579 million, with the United States and Europe being the main export markets.

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