Notification: Import restrictions by the EU on fresh produce from Kenya due to presence of harmful organisms/ pests: EU directive 2000/29 EC

Concerned that failure to satisfy the EU, that systems to arrest further interceptions on fresh produce destined for the EU market, will escalate the notification to a ban; the Kenya Flower Council met the Ag. Managing Director KEPHIS, Dr.  Esther Kimani, on August 14, 2014 to review performance remedial measures adopted.

Interceptions are mainly due to gypsophila, eryngium, solidago, basil, mango and gourds. Most unfortunately, 90% are attributed to documentation.  On this score, KEPHIS in collaboration with KFC will engage growers as well as the relevant personnel from the relevant cargo clearing companies, to identify and resolve the root cause of the problems.

The meeting also noted that farms found culpable of harboring pests / harmful organism, lack traceability systems or that they are compromised for one reason or the other. To correct this situation, it was agreed that inspections would be intensified until a clean bill of health is obtained. It is on record that some farms have already been sanctioned.   Vigilance for exporters circumventing inspections will be heightened; no certificates will be availed for consignments that have already left the Country and stern action will be taken against culpable players.

The KFC takes cognizance of the efforts of members to maintain robust systems at the farm level to comply with EU directive 2000/29 EC will continue working closely with KEPHIS to provide assistance where needed.

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