Saudi ban on Egyptian strawberries came into effect on Saturday
Saudi Arabia’s temporary ban on Egyptian strawberry imports came into effect on Saturday, prompting Egypt to speed up talks with Saudi to resolve the issues surrounding the ban on exports of Egyptian agricultural products, including strawberries, AMAY reports. Saudi Arabia had banned Egyptian strawberries last month saying they contained alarming levels of pesticides. A team of Egyptian experts has been tasked with studying Saudi’s stance and observations, Agriculture Minister Abdel Moneim El Banna said yesterday. The agriculture and trade ministries had both also previously said that they plan on imposing international-quality standards on Egyptian exports to avoid similar incidents in the future. The Export Development Authority had also rolled out a five-year development strategy for exports that would put in place stricter quality control rules and procedures.