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EU increases checks on Kenyan fresh produce imports

Europe has lowered the detection threshold for chemical residues and pests on Kenya’s produce. It is a move that will raise the level of checks on exports of fresh produce. Exporters are now worried that a lack of compliance to the required Minimum Residue Level (MRL) by farmers will lead to frequent interception of the produce in the wake of increased checks.

Europe, Kenya’s largest market for fresh produce has lowered the level to a bare minimum of LOD — level of detection — meaning that any hazard found whether high or low will be treated the same. The amendment to the EU plant health rules for False Codling Moth, which was effected on July 14, imposes new guidelines on exports of capsicum, tomatoes, citrus, and fresh mango.


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