South African growers have voluntarily suspended some exports of citrus fruit to the EU due to concerns over the spread of citrus black spot (CBS).
The move applies to all citrus fruit apart from mandarins grown in areas affected by CBS. Fruit from CBS-free areas, such as the Western and Northern Cape, will still be exported.
Nigel Jenney, CEO of the Fresh Produce Consortium, said growers had made “strenuous efforts” to maintain UK supply. Despite their efforts, UK prices had gone up but this was the result of the EU refusing to adopt a regionalised approach and recognise there was no risk to states that did not grow citrus.