France bans Italian olive oil to wipe out the bacteria

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Italy’s Coldiretti farm lobby said France’s “disproportionate and disrespectful” decision amounted to a trade war and demanded the Italian government protest.

“If the blockade is put into effect, it will create enormous economic harm to Puglia and Italy, and put at risk commercial agriculture relations between the two countries at a difficult time of economic crisis,” Coldiretti warned.

The outbreak, which has been around for several years but has become critical, comes after Italy suffered a devastating olive harvest last year because of poor weather and attacks by the olive fly. Puglia, which is Italy’s top olive oil producer, saw its oil production fall by 35 percent last year, according to statistics from the Unaprol olive oil consortium.

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