pests

La Unión calls on EU to implement stricter surveillance of imported citrus

La Unión calls on EU to implement stricter surveillance of imported citrus

Published on Dec 04th, 2019

 

Spanish agrarian organisation LA UNIÓN has reported a 17% increase this year in interceptions of citrus fruits infected with pests and diseases arriving from third countries. According to the organisation’s press release, there have been 124 intercepted shipments in European ports, with those arriving from South Africa (+88%) and Uruguay (+380%) topping the list.

Brazil closes border to Argentinian apples and pears

Brazil closes border to Argentinian apples and pears

Published on Mar 07th, 2019

Brazil has stopped imports of apple and pears crossing into the country from Argentina’s provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén due to pest detections in shipments of fruit. Codling moth larvae was reported to be found in several loads of apples and pears. Meanwhile, Argentina’s phytosanitary agency Senasa is negotiating with Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture to enable shipments to resume as soon as possible. Senasa is also working with the affected growers and exporters and taking steps such as closing production sites and packhouses.

Brown marmorated stink bug causing concern in northern Italy

Brown marmorated stink bug causing concern in northern Italy

Published on Jan 30th, 2017

Farmers in northern Italy are said to be worried about the proliferation of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys).

The crops most at risk are apples, pears, kiwi fruit, grapes, soya beans and maize, according to Mara Bizzotto, an Italian Member of the European Parliament.

In a question for written answer in the Parliament, Bizzotto called for urgent action by the European Commission.

US bans certain citrus imports from Morocco over medfly risk

US bans certain citrus imports from Morocco over medfly risk

Published on Feb 01st, 2016

Detections of live Mediterranean fruit flies (medflies) on cold-treated clementines from Morocco has led to a ban on import of tangerines, clementines, mandarins (Citrus reticulata), and sweet oranges (Citrus sinensis) from that country into the US with effect from February 8, the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) has announced.

The ban will apply until APHIS and Morocco's national plant protection organisation investigate and take "necessary actions to mitigate the pest risk." 

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