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May 12 2014

Bob Blackman MP: There is an Alternative to the EU Ban on Mangos

bob_blackmanBusinesses across Harrow East and the UK as a whole continue to suffer as a result of the ban on mango imports, which has come at the height of mango season, thanks to the overzealous interference of the EU.

Bob is continuing to press the Government to take action on the issue. He further raised the matter in House this week, stating that, “one of the key issues is that discussions have taken place between the EU and India to ensure that our food imported from India is safe. There is an alternative route to ensuring that mangos are protected, that the right sorts of products are imported and that everyone can feel confident that we will not get an invasion of fruit flies.”

An Early Day Motion has also been raised in Parliament on the matter, which Bob has signed.

After 6% of produce last year were found to be contaminated with fruitflies, the Indian regulator, APEDA, brought improved systems and certifications into place from April 1st. However, despite this, the EU have gone ahead with a full ban. About 16million mangos from India are imported by the UK in a market worth nearly £6million a year.

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3 comments

  1. PATHMAN

    MY DEAR MANGO MP

    NICE TO SEE YOUR TOP PRIRITY IS NOW MANGO. IS ITY BECAUSE OF ELECTIONS? WHAT ABOUT THE NHS LIST. WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE FOR NEARLY 1/3 CHILDREN GOING TO SCHOOL WOTHOUT A BREAKFAST? WHY A RICH COUNTRY LIKE HOURS NEED TO SETUP A FOOD BANK AND MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE RELYING ON IT? DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS? MANGO’S ARE VERY NICE BUT THERE ARE OTHER PRIORITIES AS WELL. DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG A MANGO SEASON LASTS? DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY OTHER COUNTRIES ARE EXPORTING MANGOS TO US? DO YOU BLAME SUPERMARKETS FOR SELLING DODGY MANGOS?

  2. John Clement

    Bob Blackmans face looks a bit like an over ripe mango. He is like that character Roger Irrelevant who can only focus on minor & trivial issues, especially if they are worth a few votes.

  3. Krishna James (@CllrKJames)

    I love mangoes too especially as it brings back memories of going to pick windfalls in early mornings in Mombasa. I cant help thinking like John Clement that this is a smell of vote fishing by our MP for Harrow East.Much as we all love mangoes the issues that John points are affecting each and every resident of Harrow , we are concerned about having a clinic in Kenton East for the local community.Many of the NHS changes are making life difficult, especially for our mental health community, only thoes who suffer and cope understand of lack of service. Mangoes are very important for our local business but I feel for the 6th largest economy that has too many rich folk as announced by today, it shames us to have food banks especially in Harrow. Let us work together to get these problems sorted out and also work towards a representative council by bringing in a change in Harrow, I can think of one party that understands ALL, Independent Labour Group!!

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