EU extends ban on Egyptian seeds due to inefficiently to ensure integrity of plant and grain exports

By 28. October 2011Blog

The European Union has extended its ban on sprouting seeds from Egypt until March 2012 due to inefficient measures in place to ensure their integrity. The ban, imposed in July after the E. coli outbreak was traced back to imports of fenugreek seeds from Egypt, was due to end on October 31st.

The audit conducted by the Food and Veterinary Office in August found short comings in the measures used by Egypt to address risks in the production of seeds that may be sprouted for human consumption, and that these measures were insufficient to guarantee production in line with the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004.

Link to the article.