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European ban on CIPC poses a problem for potato storage

The European potato sector will face a significant challenge in the 2020/2021 storage season.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released a report about Chlorpropham (CIPC). As a result, the European Union (EU) has decided to prohibit the use of this substance. This means that it may no longer be used as, among other things, a potato sprout inhibitor.

This ban is valid in all EU member countries. The last authorized date of use, however, differs from country to country. For example, in the Netherlands, it was 8 October.

The cutoff date for Belgium is 30 June 2020, and it may still be used in France until 8 August.

“This restriction is going to have consequences,” says Jan Gottschall. He is the Dutch Potato Organization’s (NAO) policy specialist. NAO members include potato traders, exports, and sorting and packaging companies.

Jan foresees significant problems arising for NAO members when it comes to exporting consumption potatoes to distant countries. He estimates about 200,00 tons of potatoes are exported to third-party countries from the Netherlands. Of this volume, around 125,000 tons goes to Africa.

Sprouting inhibition plays a significant role when it comes to these destinations.

Read the full report in FreshPlaza here

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