DPP restricts import of commodities without pest risk analysis

KARACHI: The Department of Plant Protection (DPP), Ministry of National Food Security has rejected application seeking permit for import of 45 commodities from different countries via Dubai as the biosecurity risks associated with the pathway are unknown.
The department noted that these were high risk commodities and the department had not carried out pest risk analysis (PRA), and unless the risks associated were known, the sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures could not be established.
The department noted that after conducting PRA, it would be decided whether to issue the permit for import of the said commodities from the relevant country or not.
The commodities include button mushroom, cherry tomato, avocado, colored capsicum, baby corn, baby carrot, asparagus, parsley, white onion, mango, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, dragon fruit, plum, peach, pear, rambutan, mangosteen, coconut, sweet corn, bird’s eye chilli, orange, lemon, onion, carrots, apples, grapefruit, kiwi, dates, coffee, spices, rice, tea, flour, canned fruit, canned vegetables, dry fruit, dry nut, peanut, ground nuts, banana, walnuts, almonds and raisins.

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