Dutch standards for citrics allow backdoor entry to Europe……for South African produce.

Well you may say – so what has this to do with shrimp? Are the Spanish Citrus farmers correct in highlighting this issue?

Citrics not allowed to enter into Spain if carriers of black spot fungi but this is not checked for by Dutch health inspectors. Alliances of South Africans work with Dutch companies to arrive into EU via Rotterdam where there are lax quality standard and controls.

That same port used to have the only equipment in Europe that could radioactively process reefer container loads of food and effectively sterilize all pathogens. Yes even shrimp and Holland was well know as a clearing house if elsewhere failed. Chemical treatments were common place also in secondary processing facilities.

Hopefully though this has all changed for shrimp with EU laws but seemingly there are different standards at play here so who really knows how this plays out….

….what is known is that EU food imports and DG SantĂ© is an agreed Dutch led area.

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