The European Union ban on mango imports from India came into effect today, despite criticism from exporters and consumers. The temporary ban will continue until December 2015 after consignments infested with pests were found in Buressels. Indian mango exporters have been lobbying with the authorities in Brussels to have the ban lifted.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of the UK government, which slapped the ban, is working with Indian officials to get it lifted. The ban also applies to aubergines, squash, and patra, a leaf used in cooking. Non-European food pests were found in 207 shipments of fruit and vegetables in 2013.