Imports: Fruit and Vegetables:Written question - 24928

Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)

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Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Imports: Fruit and Vegetables
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is part of the remit of the Rural Payments Agency to check the conformity to EU marketing standards of consignments of fresh fruit and vegetables entering UK ports.
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 03 February 2016

All fruit and vegetables must meet the EU marketing standards in Regulation 543/2011. These standards require that fruit and vegetables which are intended to be sold fresh to the consumer, may only be marketed if they are of sound, fair and marketable quality and if the country of origin is indicated. Horticultural Marketing Inspectors are part of the Rural Payments Agency and carry out these inspections for Her Majesty’s Government.

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