New EU import curbs on fruit not Canada specific: Canadian minister
New European Union rules that could block shipments of Canadian cherries and other fruits to the 28-nation grouping apply to all countries and “was not unusual,” a senior Canadian official said on Friday.
The clarification from federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau came a day after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) warned industry in a notice seen by Reuters that EU imports of the Canadian fruits would end on Sept. 1.
Bibeau’s office said the EU had agreed to work with the Canadian agency and industry “to establish a systems approach to certify fruit and maintain trade.”
“CFIA successfully uses a system approach for trade with other countries, and is well equipped to establish a systems approach for fruit exports with the European Union,” she added in a statement, the EU office in Ottawa confirmed the new rules would apply to “all EU trading partners, not just Canada,” adding EU trading partners were alerted to the pending regulations in December 2018. | For the full story, CLICK HERE.