France: French legislation threatens millions of dollars of US fruit and vegetable exports

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   FR2021-0004

A French ban on the sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers threatens exports of U.S. sweet potatoes (approx. $20 million in sales annually) and grapefruits ($8 million annually). The ban on stickers is scheduled to be implemented on January 1, 2022. Most U.S. grapefruits and some sweet potatoes shipped overseas bear stickers for traceability and marketing purposes. French fruit and vegetable producers and importers will also face a ban on plastic packaging.

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