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Brazil rejects seven trucks of Argentine fruit due to carpocapsa

Staff Writer |
The president of the Federation of Fruit Producers of Rio Negro and Neuquen, Sebastian Hernandez, stated that in the last few days Brazilian health authorities had rejected at the border seven trucks that transported 147 tons of fruit due to the presence of live carpocapsa larvae, which generated a lot of concern in the sector.

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The trucks contained a shipment of pears and apples from the Alto Valle area of Rio Negro that was destined to Brazil, a country that has a superior health status than Argentina regarding the carpocapsa and has zero tolerance for it.

Hernandez said that the authorities of the National Food Health and Quality Service (SENASA) would meet with producers in the coming days to assess the situation.

"Authorities found live larvae in the controls, it is unfortunate that this happens but it is something that is happening because of the economic situation that the producers are facing," he said.

"This is, in great part, because they have stopped doing cultural tasks due to the rise of the dollar; producers ended up doing fewer applications."

"In addition the climate didn't help, which led to a decline in conditions that causes much concern regarding the carpocapsa at the regional level," he stated.

Regarding the fruit that was held at the border, Hernandez said, "there are two possible scenarios: the fruit can end up in the internal market, or it can be quarantined or stored in cold."

"There are some sheds disabled to transport fruit to Brazil but will have to see what happens in the coming days after the meetings with the people of Senasa," he said.

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