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EU eases melon rules for Honduras

The European Commission has relaxed checks on melons from Honduras. Changes were made as part of updated legislation on the rate of official controls and emergency measures for food of non-animal origin imported into Europe. The rules are modified every six months.

Decisions are based on notifications made in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) portal and information from documentary, identity and physical checks by member states in the first part of 2022.

Requirements for checks on 10 percent of Galia melons from Honduras, put in place in January 2022 after a multi-country Salmonella Braenderup outbreak, have been removed. In 2021, 350 people fell sick, mostly in the UK but there were four cases in the United States and two in Canada.

Other ethylene oxide-related changes include food supplements containing botanicals from South Korea, locust bean products from Morocco and Malaysia, tomato ketchup and other tomato sauces from Mexico and calcium carbonate from India.


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