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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Saudi Arabia warns of a potential ban of Egypt-imported pomegranate

Another day, another possible Saudi ban on Egyptian agri goods: Saudi Arabia warned of a potential ban on pomegranate imports from Egypt this season if shipments show violations of its safey regulations, an unnamed source from the Trade Ministry tells Al Mal. This is the first time Saudi Arabia issues a warning before banning the entry of Egyptian agricultural products, the newspaper says (so let’s be grateful, we suppose).The kingdom had lifted its bans on Egyptian guava, strawberry, and pepper imports earlier this year after the government imposed new regulations on the inspection of cargo to be examined ahead of export. It’s worth noting that Australian fruit provider Creative Gourmet has recalled pomegranate imported from Egypt back in April over a link to a Hepatitis A outbreak in New South Wales.

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