Russia intercepts 75 tons of Moroccan tomatoes with tuta absoluta

Russian authorities in Saint Petersburg held a shipment of 75 tons of tomatoes from Morocco. They claim this has to do with a tuta absoluta contamination.

The cargo arrived at the customs check point Big Port Saint Petersburg, reported the Department of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance in Saint Petersburg and Leningrad region.

In order to prevent the quarantine object from spreading over the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union, in accordance with the existing legislation, the state inspectors of the Federal Service prohibited the entrance of the 75 tons of fresh Moroccan tomatoes in the country.

The presence of live tomato moth maggots was confirmed by the results of laboratory tests conducted by the Leningrad Veterinary Laboratory.

The infected batch of tomatoes was returned to the supplier.


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