A consignment of Pakistan’s mangos has been rejected after UK customs authorities detected fruit flies. A shipment of 1,300 kilograms of mangos is now in UK’s quarantine department and is the third consignment from Pakistan to be rejected this season, which ends in September 2018. The UK’s Department of Plant Protection (DPP) immediately suspended the license of the mango exporter and imposed sanctions on its hot-water treatment plant. Meanwhile, Waheed Ahmad, vice-president of the FPCCI and a leading mango exporter, said that the DPP should have conducted inquiries and before taking such action. Ahmad called the act unjustified as it was revealed that the fruit flies were dead and the mangos had undergone appropriate hot-water treatment. A complaint has been lodged with the UK authorities since no inquiries have been carried out with regard to the two previously rejected consignments.
Russia has blocked the import of more than 25 tons of peppers from Israel, saying they pose a risk for the spread of western flower thrips.
The Russian veterinary and phytosanitary authority Rosselkhoznadzor said the move followed inspection at its main Black Sea port Novorossiysk, in the region of Krasnodar Krai.
In a statement in Russian on its website, it said the peppers had been detained to prevent the introduction and spread of the pest in the Russian Federation.
The authority also said that in the year to date, quarantine officers in Krasnodar Krai and the Republic of Adygea have already detained 4 pepper shipments, totalling more than 60 tons, because they did not did not meet Russia’s phytosanitary requirements.