As of today, the ToBRF virus has a quarantine status in the European Union. This means, among other things, that Member States are obliged to inform anyone who may be at risk of infection, if the virus is (possibly) found somewhere. This is stated in the European agreement on this subject. The states must also investigate the presence of the virus.
Furthermore, as of today, additional measures will apply to tomatoes, peppers and pepper for seeds and young plants and the cultivation of fruit for consumption. For example, seeds of peppers and peppers must have a plant passport from now on. This has already been the case for tomato seed and for young plants of tomato, pepper and pepper. The measures are therefore in line with the introduction of the new European Plant Passport on 14 December. This will also place extra emphasis on the traceability of basic material.
Then there is the attention given to the virus during the import of tomatoes, peppers and peppers into the EU. Symptoms of the virus are checked for and, if they are found, additional research must be carried out.
Earlier notification obligation
In the Netherlands, the obligation to report has already started. The NVWA has decided to do so after a contamination of ToBRFV was discovered in the Westland. In the meantime, 7 'serious suspicions' have been added. A strong suspicion means that the virus has already been detected in the first tests. After that, additional tests will be done.
The question is whether these new rules will result in extra reports. In Europe, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom have already chosen to be open about the presence of the virus. In Germany and Italy, according to the International Plant Health Service (EPPO), the virus has already been eradicated.