Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Iran's top non-oil export in Trouble

Persian Journal Economy - Latest Iran News, news Tehran Iranian News persian news web site sport iran news iranians site farsi women sport woman, newspaper football:

"Iran Pistachio Exporter Dismisses EU Cancer Fears
May 26, 2004, 11:43
EU ports have blocked several pistachio shipments from Iran, the world's top producer, but an Iranian exporter dismissed fears about traces of a cancer-causing chemical contaminating the nuts as scaremongering.

Pistachios are Iran's top non-oil export and an inescapable table-top nibble across the Islamic Republic. But Brussels asserts some of the reddish-green nuts from Iran have too much aflatoxin, a carcinogen produced by a fungus that grows on them in certain conditions. Reza Sedaghat, managing director of the Dorchin pistachio company, said the EU message was damaging although Iran's exports to Europe had dwindled to some 10 percent of total shipments, from nearly 70 percent a decade ago. 'This is very bad news,' he told Reuters on Tuesday. "


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