Kava experts hope to overturn EU ban


Kava experts – agriculturists, scientists and academics – are getting together in Vanuatu next month in perhaps the biggest symposium since the European Union slapped a ban on Kava and Kava products a decade ago.<!--more-->

Well known kava expert and votary Vincent Lebot hopes the scientists’ sustained efforts to rebuff misgivings about kava in Europe will bear fruit. Several reasons have been cited down the years for the ban ranging from adverse health effects to inadequate quality control in processing the plant.

“We want to develop the roadmap that will ultimately succeed in opening new markets for kava,” Dr Lebot told Radio Australia this week. In the past ten years since the ban, more than 100 scientific papers claiming the lack of toxicity of kava have been published in a bid to get the EU authorities to overturn the ban.