As an EU member-state, Britain will implement the ban announced on May 26 due to concerns over pests and insects in consignments from India. A revision of the ban is due to take place before December 31, 2015.
As more join an e-petition to the David Cameron government to lift the ban, two Labour MPs from Leicester – Keith Vaz and Jon Ashworth – reacted with fury at the ban and its impact on Indian restaurants and companies in their constituencies.
“This is Euro-nonsense and bureaucracy gone mad. Indian mangoes have been imported to Britain for centuries. I am furious with the lack of consultation with those who will be affected by the ban,” said Vaz.
Promising to raise the issue in Parliament this week, Ashworth said: “Given that the crop of Alphonso mangoes will peak this month and next, the import ban is concerning for many businesses in the City of Leicester”.