Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Malta ban curry leaves from SL

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The Sri Lankan Consulate in Catania, Sicily in Italy had informed Sri Lankan passengers not to bring curry leaves from Sri Lanka to Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Malta because the EU had prohibited curry leaves under the EUROPHYT notification.

Issuing a notice on December 24, the Consulate office said the European Union (EU) had banned curry leaves from Sri Lanka to the EU countries on the grounds of harmful organism content.

“During November, the EU and the Italian Customs had on many occasions detected that curry leaves had been brought in the baggage of Sri Lankans who arrived at Italian airports, mainly the Catania Airport. Due to the increasing number of detections of curry leaves from passenger baggage the non-compliance of this rule would result in a negative impact on Sri Lanka’s import of food items to Italy and other EU countries,” it said,

The Consulate office has instructed the Sri Lankans living in Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Malta to avoid bringing down the curry leaves from Sri Lanka in their baggage.

“The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) will also screen personnel baggage for this purpose and if you do not adhere to this requirement, you will not have a smooth departure at the Customs clearance at this end,” the notice said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 18

  • Extend Thursday, 27 December 2018 08:11 AM

    Not only curry leave, even some MPs due to their corrupt behavior.

    Suresh Thursday, 27 December 2018 08:23 AM

    People take curry leaves abroad ?!

    Cluless Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:46 PM

    Yes. Otherwise how can they cook curry?

    Jaliya Thursday, 27 December 2018 08:58 AM

    EU had banned curry leaves from Sri Lanka to the EU countries on the grounds of harmful organism content. Nonsense, if curry leaves are harmful organism, then those who carry them can be categorized as deadly organisms they should be banned too.

    Lankan Netizen Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:22 AM

    What a load of bollocks! This is because curry leaves are way expensive in Europe and the business owners complain about Asians importing it from their home countries. The organism claim is utter nonsense. This is all done for profit and to impose another tax on a cheap commodity

    Wise Donkey Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:52 AM

    May be they are thinking that 'ganja' leaves also will be coming along with it!

    Caldera Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:55 AM

    No this is true because, export farms use fertilizers that are not approved to grow leaves faster.

    ahaamed Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:25 AM

    popular products of SL are house maid and curry leaves...

    Banda Thursday, 27 December 2018 02:55 PM

    Both have their own fragrance.

    Sangaralingham Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:30 AM

    I thought no plant animal materials can be taken to another country without special permit.

    Anu Thursday, 27 December 2018 11:22 AM

    This is banned because of a bacterium that can be in curry leaves that are harmful to crops of citrus family.

    Casanova Thursday, 27 December 2018 12:05 PM

    Best way to take is to roast the curry leaves and grind it, still you get the aroma.

    Raj Thursday, 27 December 2018 12:36 PM

    The basic truth of the matter is the West does not have any respect for us or our country. Even though it is 70 years since we became free from European occupation our Political leaders have never inspired us to have self respect in dealing with the West, collectively or individually. On top of that our elite schools are still Christian oriented and thus they continue to instill pro Western slavish mindset on the students, and these are the students who later become influential leaders in our country.

    Priyan Fernando Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:18 PM

    Curry leaves available in UAE are from Sri Lanka. The leaves are unbelievably large. It can clearly notice that the leaves are sprayed with massive amounts of pesticides. When you wash curry leaves in water, the water becomes shiny with a floating substance. Water smells like Diesel. Very soon, this will be notified to the UAE authorities.

    User Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:50 PM

    I believe the problem occurs when you transport it in its raw format. But as Mr. Casanova had suggested, if you grind it to a fine powder and seal it. It can be labeled as herbs and transported.

    ramesh Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:28 PM

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    Cluless Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:48 PM

    You need to dry them and take, or else fungus can set in warm temperatures while in transit.

    raman Thursday, 27 December 2018 04:21 PM

    Ha ha Curry leaves are anti bacterial and control diabetic. Recently all in europe have startet using all natural herbs to controll diabetics. So westen dosent want such things happen in europe Because all pharmesutical products would not sell.So this is to support all big giants who produce drugs to diabetic.We are real idots allways thing negative.

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