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EU plant health interceptions – 2015

21 December 2016

The European Commission has published its annual report for 2015 of plant health interceptions carried out by EU Member States.  The data is collated from the monthly EUROPHYT on which FPC reports to members.

In 2015 there was a total of 7,180 notifications of consignments with non-conformities, indicating a slight increase from 2014.  Of these, some 6,762 were from third countries.

A total of 2,136 notifications were due to the presence of harmful organisms, down from 2,408 in 2014. Non-compliance of wood packaging material with international phytosanitary requirements and documentary problems increased during 2015, up 30% from 1,999 and 1.4% from 1,780, respectively.

Seven countries were responsible for the majority of interceptions with harmful organisms during 2015, each having more than 90 interceptions: Ghana, Uganda, Laos, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uruguay and Thailand.

Seven commodities accounted for 68.9% of the interceptions on fruit and vegetables: peppers, citrus, mango, aubergine, basil, bitter gourds and serpent gourds. Infestations with non-European fruit flies and white flies were the most common.

Capsicum and citrus spp. both recorded a marked increase in interceptions, mostly attributable to high number of False Codling Moth interceptions, exclusively from Africa, due to the change in its regulatory status (on Capsicum) and an acute spike in interceptions of Citrus Black Spot from Uruguay.

With regard to cut flowers the most important commodities in 2015 in terms of interceptions were (in descending order): orchards, Rose spp., Gypsophila spp, Solidago spp, Eryngium spp. and Chrysanthemum spp. Leaf miners, Spodoptera spp..  Thrips spp. and Bemisia spp. continued to be the most prominent intercepted pests on cut flowers (primarily from Thailand, Israel and Morocco).

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