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EU intensifies inspections over chilli and dragon fruit from Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The European Union (EU) has announced enhanced inspection measures for agricultural and food products imported from third countries, including chilli and dragon fruit from Vietnam, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The EU’s new regulations will increase the inspection frequency for agricultural products such as chilli, dragon fruit, and okra. Specifically, border inspections for dragon fruit will rise from 20% to 30%. Additionally, shipments must now include a food safety certificate and test results for pesticide residues.

For chilli, the inspection frequency will increase from 20% to 50%, and Vietnamese okra imported into the EU will also face a 50% inspection frequency.

Meanwhile, the inspection frequency for durian exports to the EU remains unchanged at 10%.

In response to the EU’s announcement, the Ministry of Industry and Trade recommended that agro-product and food producers enhance their quality management systems to meet the EU’s stringent requirements, aiming to stabilize exports to this market.

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