Kenya falls into line with European traceability movement
Kenya is doing more and more to ensure it maintains its lucrative relationship with Europe as an export market for its fresh produce.
In the latest moves it is amending legislation to ensure full traceability of all produce from field to market.
This is a result of middlemen, under the current rules, purchasing produce form multiple purchasers and then selling it to anyone with an export licence.
Under the new laws exporters will have to pass strict licence criteria and will have to provide a list of all suppliers and producers they purchase from and give details of production output and capability.
All exporters will be given a three month period in which to get their licences updated.
Recently Kenya banned the pesticide ingredient, dimethoate, again as a response to growing awareness and concerns over food safety issues in Europe, an important market for the African nation.
Publication date: 2/13/2012
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