Russia bans import of tomatoes and peppers from two regions of Belarus


Russia bans import of tomatoes and peppers from two regions of Belarus

09/22/2020

Rosselkhoznadzor, during phytosanitary control of fresh tomatoes delivered to Russia from Belarus, revealed a quarantine object for the Russian Federation – the pepino mosaic virus

The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance in the course of state quarantine phytosanitary control of fresh tomatoes of origin imported to Russia in the Republic of Belarus has identified a quarantine object for the Russian Federation – the Pepino mosaic virus. The products were imported accompanied by phytosanitary certificates issued by the State Inspectorate for Seed Production, Quarantine and Plant Protection of the Republic of Belarus.

In order to prevent the introduction and spread of this virus on the territory of Russia, the Rosselkhoznadzor from September 18 introduced a ban on the import of tomatoes and peppers exported and / or produced in the Gomel and Grodno regions of the Republic of Belarus, until the situation is resolved and the products are tested for the absence of the virus by Belarusian competent department.

Viruses of brown wrinkling of tomato fruits, spotted wilting of tomatoes and pepino mosaic are absent in the Unified list of quarantine objects of the EAEU, approved by the Decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 158 dated 30.11.2016.

See also: Why is Russia tightening control over the import of tomatoes?

Taking into account the serious harmfulness of these viruses for greenhouse vegetable growing in Russia, the Rosselkhoznadzor from July 27, 2020, as a temporary quarantine phytosanitary measure, introduced the requirement to ensure their absence in seeds, seedlings and fruits of tomato and pepper coming to Russia from exporting countries. The requirement will remain in effect until these viruses are included in the Unified List of Quarantine Objects of the EAEU. At the same time, the department applied to the Eurasian Economic Commission with a request to promptly consider the issue of supplementing the Unified List with the indicated pests.

The pepino mosaic virus can spread widely in the Russian Federation and cause significant economic damage to tomato production. Economic losses as a result of infection with this virus are associated with a decrease in the commercial quality of tomato fruits (a decrease in the size of fruits, their uneven ripening, the development of marbling and spotting). The main economically significant host plant is tomato, as well as crops of the Solanaceae family. The virus spreads very quickly from infected plants to healthy ones during agricultural activities (such as pruning) and during harvesting.

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