MoCI bans import of some veggies – High percentage of pesticide residues cited

KUWAIT CITY, May 10: Ministry of Commerce and Industry has banned the import of Jordanian cauliflowers and cabbages, Omani carrots, and Egyptian onions, guavas and lettuces due to the presence of high percentage of pesticide residues beyond the permitted limits as per the approved standards.

Minister of Commerce and Industry, and acting State Minister for Youth Affairs Khaled Al-Roudhan issued several decisions including the ban on import of all types and varieties of carrot from the Sultanate of Oman, all types of onion, guava and lettuce from Egypt, and all kinds of cauliflower and cabbage from Jordan.

According to these decisions, a certificate of analysis approved by the exporting countries should be attached with the agricultural products that are not covered by the ban, stating their commitment to the permitted percentage of pesticide residues in accordance with the approved specifications.

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