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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Saudi imposes temporary ban on Egyptian onions

Saudi imposes temporary ban on Egyptian onions: Saudi Arabia’s Environment, Water and Agriculture Ministry imposed a temporary import ban on Egyptian onions on Thursday, according to a statement by the ministry. “The ban decision was made after it was proven that Egyptian onions exceeded the global residue limits of pesticides,” the statement read. Egypt has sent a request to Saudi officials demanding an explanation for the ban, according to Al Shorouk. Saudi Arabia had reinstated imports of Egyptian agriculture goods, including strawberries, back in April after it, the UAE and other regional countries imposed bans for quality concerns. The ban was lifted after Egypt imposed more stringent controls on the use of pesticides and water quality.

On the flipside, Sudan began importing some 18 Egyptian goods again after a prolonged ban dating back since 2017, Youm7 reports. The blanket ban on all goods, which had seemed more like a tactic to further other agendas, was repealed back in November.

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