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South Africa bans importation of pure honey from Zambia

LUSAKA, (Xinhua) -- Zambia on Friday protested South Africa’s decision to place a ban on importation of pure honey from Zambia.

South Africa has imposed a fresh ban on importation of honey from Zambia after a consignment of pure honey was found to be contaminated with a disease called America Foulbrood.

But Zambia’s Ambassador to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has written a protest letter to authorities in that country over the decision, saying it has been done outside procedures and trade regulations.

The Zambian envoy said it was unfortunate that South Africa has restricted market access for Zambia’s pure honey with immediate effect.

The procedures to impose the ban were breached and no official letter has been written to competent authorities in Zambia as required by trade protocols, he added, according to a statement released by the Zambia embassy in South Africa.

According to him, no official results of the analysis and copy of import airway bill were provided for Zambia to authenticate and verify the source of such a consignment.

The Zambian envoy has since urged South African authorities to immediately reverse the ban until the laid down procedures and verification were done between experts from both countries.

Zambia, he said, has been exporting its pure honey to other markets such as the European Union (EU) which has stringent regulations.

           

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