The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has stopped a shipment consisting of 19 tonnes of Turkish tomatoes at the Latvian border, reports Espreso.TV quoting RIA Novosti.

According to the Rosselkhoznadzor, the tomatoes were infected with Western Flower Thrips. The shipment was stopped at a checkpoint in the Pskov region.

Western Flower Thrips can affect up to 244 plant species and is one of the most dangerous pests for ornamental flower crops, but it can also attack vegetable crops grown in greenhouse conditions.