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East Lancashire shoppers upset over Indian mango ban

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancashire shoppers upset over Indian mango ban East Lancashire shoppers upset over Indian mango ban

A BAN on mangoes imported from India has caused a stir among East Lancashire retailers and lovers of the fruit.

Sanctions on the alphonso variety of mangoes have been imposed by the EU until December 2015, amid fears that shipments could be infested with fruit flies that could damage European salad crops.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the pests posed no risk to public health.

The ban came into force on Thursday and Prime Minister David Cameron was presented with a box of mangoes earlier in the week as part of the campaign to stop the sanctions.

Critics of the ban argue it is disproportionate and will not only impact on UK businesses, will will also damage Britain’s trade relationship with India.

Mango lovers are particularly disappointed because the alphonso variety, a favourite among many, is only available for a few weeks every year.

Mohammed Ramzan, owner PK Foods in Audley, said the ban will severely impact on his business.

He said: “Obviously it’s affecting our business. “We shift a lot of mangoes, we sell about £9000 or £10,000 worth every week.

“Our customers are very disappointed, they love mangoes. “They’re only available for two to three months, people have waited all year and now they can’t get them.”

Blackburn mayor Salim Mulla said the ban was currently the hottest topic of conversation among the Asian community.

He said: “I’m very upset about it, I really, really love mangoes, they’re my favourite fruit.

“I don’t know what the real reason is. It’s a fantastic exotic fruit and I’m very upset that I won’t be able to feast on mangoes anymore.

“It’s the hot topic at the moment within the community, every day we talk about the mango ban.”

Blackburn shopkeeper Suleman Khonat, who represents retailers in the area said he understood why the EU had taken action, but he did have concerns for local businesses.

He said: “We are very concerned about it. I love my mangoes, and it’s something you look forward to and this year we’re going to struggle.

“It will affect shop owners in this country, but it will also be affecting the growers and retailers. Millions of pounds worth of mangoes come by container from India.

“But we’re glad that the issue has come up early, at least it’s been picked up quickly before it can have a detrimental effect.”

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1:33pm Sun 4 May 14

wilddog says...

So its been banned? So be it as far as i am concerned. Its been banned for a reason and whether people like it or not, the ban stays, Its not like its being forced on people whether they want it or not, is it? Been reading a lot of topics on here where people have had there freedom to choose removed from them!
So its been banned? So be it as far as i am concerned. Its been banned for a reason and whether people like it or not, the ban stays, Its not like its being forced on people whether they want it or not, is it? Been reading a lot of topics on here where people have had there freedom to choose removed from them! wilddog
  • Score: 19

1:35pm Sun 4 May 14

onsidecobra says...

The Asian community must be short of topics of conversation.
The Asian community must be short of topics of conversation. onsidecobra
  • Score: 29

1:36pm Sun 4 May 14

A Darener says...

Once again the EU stick their noses in where it is not wanted or required.
I am sure lots of produce from abroad come with pests attached. Just spray before sale and kill them.
Once again the EU stick their noses in where it is not wanted or required. I am sure lots of produce from abroad come with pests attached. Just spray before sale and kill them. A Darener
  • Score: -26

1:39pm Sun 4 May 14

A Darener says...

wilddog wrote:
So its been banned? So be it as far as i am concerned. Its been banned for a reason and whether people like it or not, the ban stays, Its not like its being forced on people whether they want it or not, is it? Been reading a lot of topics on here where people have had there freedom to choose removed from them!
Yes it is being forced on people. I am sure if the fruit is washed or sprayed before use it will be fine. If not it should still the buyers choice whether to purchase or not.
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: So its been banned? So be it as far as i am concerned. Its been banned for a reason and whether people like it or not, the ban stays, Its not like its being forced on people whether they want it or not, is it? Been reading a lot of topics on here where people have had there freedom to choose removed from them![/p][/quote]Yes it is being forced on people. I am sure if the fruit is washed or sprayed before use it will be fine. If not it should still the buyers choice whether to purchase or not. A Darener
  • Score: -2

1:45pm Sun 4 May 14

A Darener says...

Perhaps all the Asian mango lovers will vote UKIP now.
Perhaps all the Asian mango lovers will vote UKIP now. A Darener
  • Score: 9

1:59pm Sun 4 May 14

Caspar the ghost says...

For lovers of Mango's next time they shopping, then go to India or another middle east country and buy them.
For lovers of Mango's next time they shopping, then go to India or another middle east country and buy them. Caspar the ghost
  • Score: 13

2:07pm Sun 4 May 14

A Darener says...

Caspar the ghost wrote:
For lovers of Mango's next time they shopping, then go to India or another middle east country and buy them.
What are you trying to say?
[quote][p][bold]Caspar the ghost[/bold] wrote: For lovers of Mango's next time they shopping, then go to India or another middle east country and buy them.[/p][/quote]What are you trying to say? A Darener
  • Score: 10

2:14pm Sun 4 May 14

wilddog says...

So Mangoes only come from India then?
So Mangoes only come from India then? wilddog
  • Score: 15

2:22pm Sun 4 May 14

grumpyoldlady says...

Mayor Salim Mulla said " I don't know what the real reason is". Well I will tell you, the possible infestation of fruit flies would severely damage crops in the UK. You may like your mangoes, but I like my salad and would not like to see growers go out of business because of infestation from abroad. If this is the main topic of conversation in the Asian community, yet you don't understand it then I suggest you try reading a quality newspaper or listening to a good radio programme which will explain everything. You are making out that doing without mangoes for a few months is the end of the world. I love many exotic fruits but would easily do without them if it meant protecting UK growers. After all there are still dozens of fruits available. Get a life!
Mayor Salim Mulla said " I don't know what the real reason is". Well I will tell you, the possible infestation of fruit flies would severely damage crops in the UK. You may like your mangoes, but I like my salad and would not like to see growers go out of business because of infestation from abroad. If this is the main topic of conversation in the Asian community, yet you don't understand it then I suggest you try reading a quality newspaper or listening to a good radio programme which will explain everything. You are making out that doing without mangoes for a few months is the end of the world. I love many exotic fruits but would easily do without them if it meant protecting UK growers. After all there are still dozens of fruits available. Get a life! grumpyoldlady
  • Score: 37

2:31pm Sun 4 May 14

A Darener says...

Mangoes are imported into the UK from a number of countries, including Brazil, Peru, Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
So these countries will benefit from a large price increase on their mangoes as scarcity kicks in. I bet Pakistan and Bangladesh is loving it.
Mangoes are imported into the UK from a number of countries, including Brazil, Peru, Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. So these countries will benefit from a large price increase on their mangoes as scarcity kicks in. I bet Pakistan and Bangladesh is loving it. A Darener
  • Score: 17

2:35pm Sun 4 May 14

burner says...

Washing ??? It's not about the fruit flies harming the consumer, it's about protecting our borders from the importation of a pest that could have adverse consequences for our home agriculture.
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Washing ??? It's not about the fruit flies harming the consumer, it's about protecting our borders from the importation of a pest that could have adverse consequences for our home agriculture. . burner
  • Score: 44

2:39pm Sun 4 May 14

A Darener says...

burner wrote:
Washing ??? It's not about the fruit flies harming the consumer, it's about protecting our borders from the importation of a pest that could have adverse consequences for our home agriculture.
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By washing or spraying I meant at the producers end.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Washing ??? It's not about the fruit flies harming the consumer, it's about protecting our borders from the importation of a pest that could have adverse consequences for our home agriculture. .[/p][/quote]By washing or spraying I meant at the producers end. A Darener
  • Score: -14

2:48pm Sun 4 May 14

Malthus says...

If sanctions have been imposed then there are obvious reasons. Anyone who is complaining about them are fools. Britain is probably one of the most lax countries in the world when it comes to maintaining it's own indigenous plants and animals. I have been to Australia on several occasions and they have a realistic and responsible approach to maintaining their own flora and fauna; so much so, that they even implement sanctions and restrictions with regard the movement of certain plants within their own country. We should all get behind this ban and ensure that it is not stopped or diluted until the problem with mangoes has been resolved. If we do not and the fruit flies that are the cause of the ban are imported into this country the repercussions could be severe and permanent. This could mean damaged crops and increased prices for everyone for years to come. Imagine if apples, strawberries, potatoes and all of the other native species we grow in the UK were damaged due to us not having the guts to enforce a ban that is needed.
If sanctions have been imposed then there are obvious reasons. Anyone who is complaining about them are fools. Britain is probably one of the most lax countries in the world when it comes to maintaining it's own indigenous plants and animals. I have been to Australia on several occasions and they have a realistic and responsible approach to maintaining their own flora and fauna; so much so, that they even implement sanctions and restrictions with regard the movement of certain plants within their own country. We should all get behind this ban and ensure that it is not stopped or diluted until the problem with mangoes has been resolved. If we do not and the fruit flies that are the cause of the ban are imported into this country the repercussions could be severe and permanent. This could mean damaged crops and increased prices for everyone for years to come. Imagine if apples, strawberries, potatoes and all of the other native species we grow in the UK were damaged due to us not having the guts to enforce a ban that is needed. Malthus
  • Score: 29

3:00pm Sun 4 May 14

woolywords says...

Why don't they insist that all mangoes go through a simple processing system, that dunks them in hot water for an hour, rather than the outright ban?
(Spraying them with insecticides will just bump the price of the chemicals up, as someone makes a nice little profit for themselves, where plain old hot water will do the trick, according to the Indian version of DefRA.)
People are prepared to pay more for potatoes that have been washed before sale, why not legislate to have them washed, instead of this outright ban?
As ever, these laws just arrive out of thin air, without so much as a peep from our MEP's; where were they, when this was going through the Brussels machinery?
I've been a fan of mango lassi, since first tasted it in Shandar, many, many years ago, when Asif used to run it, further along Whalley Range than where it is now. Forget the rest, fresh is best!
Why don't they insist that all mangoes go through a simple processing system, that dunks them in hot water for an hour, rather than the outright ban? (Spraying them with insecticides will just bump the price of the chemicals up, as someone makes a nice little profit for themselves, where plain old hot water will do the trick, according to the Indian version of DefRA.) People are prepared to pay more for potatoes that have been washed before sale, why not legislate to have them washed, instead of this outright ban? As ever, these laws just arrive out of thin air, without so much as a peep from our MEP's; where were they, when this was going through the Brussels machinery? I've been a fan of mango lassi, since first tasted it in Shandar, many, many years ago, when Asif used to run it, further along Whalley Range than where it is now. Forget the rest, fresh is best! woolywords
  • Score: -23

3:02pm Sun 4 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

wilddog wrote:
So its been banned? So be it as far as i am concerned. Its been banned for a reason and whether people like it or not, the ban stays, Its not like its being forced on people whether they want it or not, is it? Been reading a lot of topics on here where people have had there freedom to choose removed from them!
Wish they would exert the same zest with immigration, maybe they will once they get this catastrophic event sorted !!!!, I'm sure things will happen fast now that Mayor Salim Mulla is involved !!!!!! LOL
(maybe not immigration though)
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: So its been banned? So be it as far as i am concerned. Its been banned for a reason and whether people like it or not, the ban stays, Its not like its being forced on people whether they want it or not, is it? Been reading a lot of topics on here where people have had there freedom to choose removed from them![/p][/quote]Wish they would exert the same zest with immigration, maybe they will once they get this catastrophic event sorted !!!!, I'm sure things will happen fast now that Mayor Salim Mulla is involved !!!!!! LOL (maybe not immigration though) ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 28

3:09pm Sun 4 May 14

burner says...

Do you lot honestly think that people will bother about washing fruit in the country of origin ????? It's the sort of place where villagers can't wash their hands because the only water supply is outside , some distance away or shared with animals.
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. . . and before you have a go, I am told of these circumstances back home by work colleagues.
Do you lot honestly think that people will bother about washing fruit in the country of origin ????? It's the sort of place where villagers can't wash their hands because the only water supply is outside , some distance away or shared with animals. . . . . and before you have a go, I am told of these circumstances back home by work colleagues. burner
  • Score: 30

3:13pm Sun 4 May 14

A Darener says...

burner wrote:
Do you lot honestly think that people will bother about washing fruit in the country of origin ????? It's the sort of place where villagers can't wash their hands because the only water supply is outside , some distance away or shared with animals.
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. . . and before you have a go, I am told of these circumstances back home by work colleagues.
"Since we got to know about the issue in March, we've put in place an elaborate examination and certification procedure that addresses the issue raised by the EU," said Ajay Sahai, director general of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), a body affiliated with the Indian Department of Commerce.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Do you lot honestly think that people will bother about washing fruit in the country of origin ????? It's the sort of place where villagers can't wash their hands because the only water supply is outside , some distance away or shared with animals. . . . . and before you have a go, I am told of these circumstances back home by work colleagues.[/p][/quote]"Since we got to know about the issue in March, we've put in place an elaborate examination and certification procedure that addresses the issue raised by the EU," said Ajay Sahai, director general of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), a body affiliated with the Indian Department of Commerce. A Darener
  • Score: 2

5:10pm Sun 4 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
wilddog wrote:
So its been banned? So be it as far as i am concerned. Its been banned for a reason and whether people like it or not, the ban stays, Its not like its being forced on people whether they want it or not, is it? Been reading a lot of topics on here where people have had there freedom to choose removed from them!
Wish they would exert the same zest with immigration, maybe they will once they get this catastrophic event sorted !!!!, I'm sure things will happen fast now that Mayor Salim Mulla is involved !!!!!! LOL
(maybe not immigration though)
May even put Whalley Range into Recession !!!! LOL
Shame but there u go
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: So its been banned? So be it as far as i am concerned. Its been banned for a reason and whether people like it or not, the ban stays, Its not like its being forced on people whether they want it or not, is it? Been reading a lot of topics on here where people have had there freedom to choose removed from them![/p][/quote]Wish they would exert the same zest with immigration, maybe they will once they get this catastrophic event sorted !!!!, I'm sure things will happen fast now that Mayor Salim Mulla is involved !!!!!! LOL (maybe not immigration though)[/p][/quote]May even put Whalley Range into Recession !!!! LOL Shame but there u go ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 16

5:23pm Sun 4 May 14

wilddog says...

grumpyoldlady wrote:
Mayor Salim Mulla said " I don't know what the real reason is". Well I will tell you, the possible infestation of fruit flies would severely damage crops in the UK. You may like your mangoes, but I like my salad and would not like to see growers go out of business because of infestation from abroad. If this is the main topic of conversation in the Asian community, yet you don't understand it then I suggest you try reading a quality newspaper or listening to a good radio programme which will explain everything. You are making out that doing without mangoes for a few months is the end of the world. I love many exotic fruits but would easily do without them if it meant protecting UK growers. After all there are still dozens of fruits available. Get a life!
I am having to do without ham and pork at my subway so they aint getting my custom anymore!
I have to accept stuff being shoved down my throat? Nah.Ban s in and i for one am glad it protects us!
[quote][p][bold]grumpyoldlady[/bold] wrote: Mayor Salim Mulla said " I don't know what the real reason is". Well I will tell you, the possible infestation of fruit flies would severely damage crops in the UK. You may like your mangoes, but I like my salad and would not like to see growers go out of business because of infestation from abroad. If this is the main topic of conversation in the Asian community, yet you don't understand it then I suggest you try reading a quality newspaper or listening to a good radio programme which will explain everything. You are making out that doing without mangoes for a few months is the end of the world. I love many exotic fruits but would easily do without them if it meant protecting UK growers. After all there are still dozens of fruits available. Get a life![/p][/quote]I am having to do without ham and pork at my subway so they aint getting my custom anymore! I have to accept stuff being shoved down my throat? Nah.Ban s in and i for one am glad it protects us! wilddog
  • Score: 17

9:13am Mon 5 May 14

drunken donut says...

Well mr mullah, if you eat one and become ill at least you will be able to claim more benefits.
Well mr mullah, if you eat one and become ill at least you will be able to claim more benefits. drunken donut
  • Score: 7

9:55am Mon 5 May 14

thermio says...

£10k each week in sales of mangoes alone!? Imagine what the rest of their turnover is like.
I would have never imagined a shop on Audley could generate so much.
Good for them. Imagine how much tax they will be contributing with that amount of produce being sold.
£10k each week in sales of mangoes alone!? Imagine what the rest of their turnover is like. I would have never imagined a shop on Audley could generate so much. Good for them. Imagine how much tax they will be contributing with that amount of produce being sold. thermio
  • Score: 8

10:46am Mon 5 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

thermio wrote:
£10k each week in sales of mangoes alone!? Imagine what the rest of their turnover is like.
I would have never imagined a shop on Audley could generate so much.
Good for them. Imagine how much tax they will be contributing with that amount of produce being sold.
Doesn't surprise me ! the large shop supplies wholesale, and also occupies most of the pavement (not tolerated by most Councils but this Blackburn !!)It causes no end of traffic problems, it's yet another untidy eyesore supplying the locals. Similar to a Bangladeshi market. Quite normal for this type of business.
[quote][p][bold]thermio[/bold] wrote: £10k each week in sales of mangoes alone!? Imagine what the rest of their turnover is like. I would have never imagined a shop on Audley could generate so much. Good for them. Imagine how much tax they will be contributing with that amount of produce being sold.[/p][/quote]Doesn't surprise me ! the large shop supplies wholesale, and also occupies most of the pavement (not tolerated by most Councils but this Blackburn !!)It causes no end of traffic problems, it's yet another untidy eyesore supplying the locals. Similar to a Bangladeshi market. Quite normal for this type of business. ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 7

12:32pm Mon 5 May 14

doylerf says...

Mayor Salim Mulla needn't miss out on his favourite fruit, Israel have an excellent mango crop.
Mayor Salim Mulla needn't miss out on his favourite fruit, Israel have an excellent mango crop. doylerf
  • Score: 2

12:19am Tue 6 May 14

255.255.255.0 says...

wilddog wrote:
grumpyoldlady wrote: Mayor Salim Mulla said " I don't know what the real reason is". Well I will tell you, the possible infestation of fruit flies would severely damage crops in the UK. You may like your mangoes, but I like my salad and would not like to see growers go out of business because of infestation from abroad. If this is the main topic of conversation in the Asian community, yet you don't understand it then I suggest you try reading a quality newspaper or listening to a good radio programme which will explain everything. You are making out that doing without mangoes for a few months is the end of the world. I love many exotic fruits but would easily do without them if it meant protecting UK growers. After all there are still dozens of fruits available. Get a life!
I am having to do without ham and pork at my subway so they aint getting my custom anymore! I have to accept stuff being shoved down my throat? Nah.Ban s in and i for one am glad it protects us!
Your subway? The subway serves the community so if you don't like what they offer, shop elswhere. As for mangoes it is a big deal for the asian community, the same big deal people like you made because there wasnt any pork on offer at subway. But thats orite isnt it.
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grumpyoldlady[/bold] wrote: Mayor Salim Mulla said " I don't know what the real reason is". Well I will tell you, the possible infestation of fruit flies would severely damage crops in the UK. You may like your mangoes, but I like my salad and would not like to see growers go out of business because of infestation from abroad. If this is the main topic of conversation in the Asian community, yet you don't understand it then I suggest you try reading a quality newspaper or listening to a good radio programme which will explain everything. You are making out that doing without mangoes for a few months is the end of the world. I love many exotic fruits but would easily do without them if it meant protecting UK growers. After all there are still dozens of fruits available. Get a life![/p][/quote]I am having to do without ham and pork at my subway so they aint getting my custom anymore! I have to accept stuff being shoved down my throat? Nah.Ban s in and i for one am glad it protects us![/p][/quote]Your subway? The subway serves the community so if you don't like what they offer, shop elswhere. As for mangoes it is a big deal for the asian community, the same big deal people like you made because there wasnt any pork on offer at subway. But thats orite isnt it. 255.255.255.0
  • Score: 0

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