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Politics appears to have trumped science with new EU regulations limiting the export of Southern African oranges to Europe. Spain, a citrus-growing rival, has been cast as the villain.

The SA government and the citrus industry have been in talks with the EU to rescind or alter the regulations, which were published last month. The regulations require special cold treatment for the export of oranges  to Europe and came into force on June 24 — four days after the changes were announced. Consignments of oranges shipped before June 24 will be exempt if they arrive in Europe before July 14. What is now at risk is fruit arriving after this date, estimated at 3-million cartons worth about R500m. ..

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