EU: They warn of the first detections of false moth in citrus fruits from South Africa

Updated Sep 12, 2023
The Valencian Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA) denounces that in July the European Union (EU) intercepted the first detections in this campaign of the quarantine pest of the false moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta) in citrus fruits from South Africa destined for to the European market, one located in a shipment of oranges and another in grapefruits.
The organization understands that "these interceptions demonstrate that the measures established by the EU are insufficient for South Africa to stop importing this dangerous pest" and therefore calls on Brussels to "toughen" the cold treatment (the mechanism that prevents the entry of the false moth) to South African citrus fruits, ensuring that “the cold treatment approved for shipments of oranges is rigorously complied with and extended to mandarins and grapefruits as they entail the same phytosanitary risk.” In July, South Africa topped the world ranking of pest and disease interceptions, with 16 detections, all of them in citrus trees. In addition to the two mentioned false moth cases, community authorities have confirmed 12 cases of the fungus that causes black spot (Phyllosticta citricarpa), one of the bacteria that causes citrus canker (Xanthomonas citri) and one of the fungus that causes the disease. called scab or citrus scab (Elsinoë). In the case of black spot, South ...
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