A dangerous quarantine virus was detected by employees of the Office of the Rosselkhoznadzor in the Altai Territory in tomatoes from Kazakhstan.
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Since the beginning of 2023, inspectors of the Office of the Rosselkhoznadzor for the Altai Territory and the Republic of Altai have inspected more than 3,450 tons of imported regulated products at their destinations.
On February 15, in a batch of tomatoes (15.6 tons) originating from the Republic of Kazakhstan, a quarantine pest was detected - Tomato brown rugose fruit virus, or ToBRFV.
The presence of a quarantine object was confirmed by the results of a laboratory examination conducted by the Altai branch of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “ARRIAH” subordinated to Rosselkhoznadzor.
The release of the infected batch of tomatoes is prohibited, the cargo is in isolated storage until a decision is made on its further use or destruction.
In accordance with the requirements of the current legislation, the consignee is obliged to decontaminate or destroy the contaminated batch of products. In case of refusal or impossibility of carrying out these procedures, the contaminated products will be returned to the country of departure under the control of supervisory authorities.
In 2023, this is the first case of detection of a quarantine organism in the jurisdiction.
In 2022, inspectors of the Office of the Rosselkhoznadzor for the Altai Territory and the Republic of Altai identified about 300 tons or 21 cases of detection of quarantine objects (tomato moth, pepino mosaic, California scale insect, eastern codling moth, brown monilous rot) in imported regulated products (tomatoes, nectarines, plums, peaches) received from Kazakhstan, China and Kyrgyzstan. ■
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