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EU proposes new plant health law

The European Commission has proposed a package of plant and animal health measures aimed at strengthening controls. The move would reduce almost 70 pieces of legislation to five. Among them is an upgraded plant health regime designed to combat the increase in new plant pests due to climate change and globalisation of trade. It would introduce better surveillance and early eradication of outbreaks. Another law would update rules on the marketing of seeds. The Commission initiated a revision of plant health rules in 2010 ( Agrow No 599, p 9). Its evaluation of existing rules identified problems related to: insufficient focus on pests that spread across EU member states, and on “high-risk” sources of plant imports; and the lack of effective measures to control the presence and natural spread of pests.

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