RTI reveals high rate of rejection of Indian food items exports
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that there has been large number of cases of rejection of Indian exports in recent years, especially in agricultural products and processed foods.
The reply provided by the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) states that over 800 cases have come up in which agricultural products and processed foods shipped from India have been rejected in the last five years.
The reply shows that maximum cases of rejections have been reported from the member states of the European Union (EU). The reply shows that since 2008, 763 notifications have been issued by the EU under Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) mostly for rejecting the consignments. The other countries include Taiwan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The reply also said that many countries have imposed restrictions on import of peanuts, rice, poultry products, curry leaves, okra, groundnuts and cassia seeds from India for different reasons.