Threat of a ban on mango exports to European countries from Pakistan looms large as another consignment shipped to the UK by a Lahore-based company was found infested with fruit fly.
This is the second mango shipment intercepted by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) during the last month.
Health and consumer protection department of the European Union Commission informed the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research on June 27 (Friday) about the infestation. The intercepted mango shipment originated from registered orchards located in District Tando Allah Yar, Sindh, and exported to the UK on June 19 by a Lahore-based company through a Plant Quarantine Office of the DPP located in the city.
This is the second EU bound consignment of fruit fly infested mangoes intercepted by UK’s Defra within this month.