At the beginning of this year, Austria reported infections with the tomato virus ToBRFV. The finds were made in Dutch starting material. These infections, among other things, prompted the European Commission to call on the Member States to review their control systems. cross-contamination The NVWA now thinks that these finds do not come from the Netherlands, the authority said when asked. “The NVWA has not been able to trace these positive test results to infections among plant breeders. There is a strong suspicion of cross-contamination of the samples, also because contamination had already been demonstrated at several cultivation companies in the country in question last year. This contamination may have been left over.” According to the NVWA, many fruiting vegetable farms in Austria choose to test young plants on arrival in the country concerned, partly in connection with insurance. Pepper and tomato According to the NVWA, the finds concerned young plants and not seeds. It ...
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