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Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Posted 12:47 PM by Luigi
PINA gets official approval to export Noni to EU
Press Release: Centre for Development of Enterprise (CDE)
For the first time since the passing of EU Novel Food Directive in 1996 the members of a small trade association in the developing world, the Pacific Island Noni Association (www.pina.ws), has received Official approval to export Noni (Morinda Citrifolia) juice to the UK and other EU members states subject to the terms and conditions set out in the approval notice.
This historic decision has been made possible due to the support of the ACP-EU Centre for Development of Enterprise (CDE) (www.cde.int) to PINA members and their consultant, CAMedica in the UK. CAMedica were retained by CDE to help prepare the Novel Food application, undertake laboratory tests and finalise negotiations with UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) on behalf of PINA members.
Approval has been granted on the basis that PINA Noni Juice has been shown to be substantially equivalent to that of U.S multinational Morinda Inc who were the first company to receive approval to sell Noni juice within the European Union. These conditions are probably the most comprehensive so far announced by any EU food safety authority. They will probably set the standards for any other company or organisations wishing to sell Noni juice in EU member states. CDE is presently considering a technical assistance programme to ensure that all its 26 PINA members, listed in the approval notice, meet the exacting health, safety and quality standards required by the FSA approval.
For more detailed technical information please contact CDE's consultants Anthony Bush (email@example.com) or Denzil Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CDE contacts: Henriette Acquah Dodet (Sectoral Expert: email@example.com) and Peter Alling (Pacific Region Expert: firstname.lastname@example.org).
CDE is an institution of the ACP Group of States (Africa, Carribean and Pacific) and the European Union in the framework of the Cotonou Agreement.
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