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China halts Taiwan sugar apple, wax apple imports to prevent disease By Reuters


© Reuters. In Recife on June 30, 2014, sugar apples were displayed at a market. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will suspend sugar apple and wax apple imports from Taiwan to prevent disease carried by a pest found on the fruits from entering the country, its customs office said on Sunday.

It stated that the General Administration of Customs in China repeatedly found pests known as “Planococcus Minor” in sweetsops and wax apples from Taiwan.

According to the agency, it had requested that its Guangdong branch as well as all affiliated offices stop customs clearances of these products beginning Sept. 20.

China had banned imports of pineapples from Taiwan in February citing “harmful creatures” that could come with the fruit, although Taiwan had said there was nothing wrong with the pineapples and accused Beijing of playing politics.

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