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Sri Lanka blocks cinnamon imports

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has banned the import and re-export of cinnamon to protect its own product after finding that cinnamon imported from elsewhere had been re-exported, a government spokesman said.

Health minister Rajitha Senaratne said the government was concerned re-export of cinnamon could hurt the image of the island’s own cinnamon which was popular in Latin America and the United States.

The cabinet of ministers this week approved a proposal by Daya Gamage, Minister of Primary Industries, to prohibit the importing cinnamon into Sri Lanka and amend the re-export procedure, he told a news conference.

The Ceylon Cinnamon has been praised in world markets due to its unique taste, colour and smell, Senaratne said.
(COLOMBO, Nov 10, 2016)

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