It was recently announced that ToBRFV was found on a batch of tomato seeds in the Netherlands which was imported from Peru. A new update from TuinbouwAlert explains how this could have occurred and further states that, after following up with the users of the infected batch of seeds, no further infections were found.
"The batch came into the picture during the trace-back investigation by the NVWA (the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority) after a ToBRFV find at a tomato grower. Via the plant grower who supplied the tomato plants, the trail led to the seed company and the relevant batch of seed from Peru.
During tests by the NVWA, the batch in question was found to be positive. Of course, the batch was tested several times by the seed company itself before it was put on the market, with negative results each time."
No further infection of contaminated seed was found
The NVWA took the prescribed measures based on its results. The seed company immediately took appropriate measures, such as a recall of all suspect batches of the delivered seed.
The seed company is in constant consultation with the NVWA, according to TuinbouwAlert, who further states that 'a few plant propagation companies used seed from the suspect company'. These have all been tested by the NVWA. None of these companies has been diagnosed with a ToBRFV infection.
Read the entire update from TuinbouwAlert here (in Dutch).