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Pulp friction: Indian mango ban prompts protest in Britain

Published on May 18, 2014 12:55 PM
An Indian worker picks Alphonso mangoes to sell at a fruit market in Mumbai, India. Mango is regarded as the national fruit of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines. India is one of the leading producers of tropical and subtropical fruits in the world and is said to be the world's largest mango producer. The European Union (EU) has banned imports of Indian mangoes for 18 months after inspections found fruit flies. --PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (AFP) - A ban on European imports of India's Alphonso mango - prized for its perfumed aroma and buttery flesh - is drawing anger from British Indians, who say the move is unfair and deprives them of one of summer's sweetest flavours.

The "king of fruits" and other Indian mangoes were banned by the European Union from May 1 after fruit flies which officials said could threaten crops were found in shipments last year.

While a fightback has been launched, many British Indians are resigned to going without their favourite Alphonsos for now, while the businesses who supply them are losing out financially.

Ahmed Khan, working on his stall in Tooting, south London, an area with a large south Asian population, said the move would hit him hard.

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