South Africa has welcomed the outcome of a meeting of the European Commission’s Committee on Plant Health which took place on 9 and 10 July 2018. During this meeting the proposal of eight European Union (EU) member states (among them France and Spain) to introduce a category of high risk plants and products (which included citrus) under Article 42 of the new plant health regime, was rejected. The new plant health regulations will come into effect by the end of 2019. The South African position is that Citrus Black Spot (CBS) is not a quarantine disease and has never established itself during decades of South African citrus traded in Europe. Recently South Africa’s stance was bolstered by the United States (US) decision that citrus from South Africa’s CBS areas can in the near future be sent there, provided it is subjected to an import rule. “We’re very happy and obviously we worked extremely hard beforehand to stop the proposal by providing scientific data on these products to EU member states,” says Deon Joubert, Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa’s envoy for market access and the EU. Click here to read the full article. – Fresh Plaza