(MENAFN - Youm7) Saudi Arabia threatened to cease strawberry and pepper imports from Egypt due to the high levels of insecticides in the crops.
The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture has sent a letter to Saudi officials in order to obtain what rates of insecticides were found in the crops.
"The companies which export these crops must be confused. Therefore we need the specific rates of these insecticides found in the import," said Ali Suleiman, an official in the ministry.
In related news, Shreif Beltagi, head of the Agricultural Crops Exporting Council, said they expected positive news from the EU about Egyptian crops that face import bans.
Egyptian crops are suspected to contain E.coli bacteria.
An European Union delegation recently visited Egypt and held meetings with most Egyptian ministries. The delegation received positive feedback regarding their concerns about agriculture.
The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture was the main coordinator of the visit. It expects the EU to permit Egyptian crop imports soon.