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Epitrix - Defra reminds importers of UK requirements for potatoes

14 February 2018

Defra is reminding importers of the importance of complying with UK requirements for potatoes imported from Spain.

In response to interceptions showing evidence of the presence of Epitrix on potatoes from Spain, national measures remain in force requiring that such potatoes must be washed before import to the UK. The only exceptions are for potatoes clearly identified as originating from the Balearic Islands, where the risk of Epitrix presence is much lower than on the Spanish mainland, and potatoes from Epitrix demarcated areas which are accompanied by a plant passport and which may be brushed free of soil rather than washed.

The UK Plant Health Services will be continuing to monitor introductions of potatoes from Spain and will be carrying out targeted checks. Good compliance with the statutory notification scheme is encouraged, to help protect the industry as a whole.

Ware potatoes being moved within the EU (including within different parts of the UK) must be accompanied by a registration number and that seed potatoes must be certified/labelled.

The contingency plan on Epitrix  ispublished on the Plant Health Portal at https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/pests-and-diseases/contingency-planning/  This describes the actions expected to be taken in the event of an Epitrix interception or outbreak. Further information about Epitrix is also available on the Plant Health Portal at:

https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/assets/factsheets/epitrix-pest-alert.pdf

https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/assets/factsheets/epitrix-potato-flea-beetle-factsheet.pdf

 

Defra is also reminding the industry of the requirements for importing seed and ware potatoes entering the UK from other sources:

Common name Origin Requirement
Seed potatoes Poland Pre-import notification and accompanied with official ring rot test certificate
Other EU Pre-import notification and acccompanied by a plant passport/official certificate
All non-EU countries Prohibited, except from Switzerland where equivalent measures to those for EU countries are in place
Ware potatoes Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey, Akkar and Bekaa regions of Lebanon Phytosanitary Certificate
Poland Pre-import notification, accompanied with official ring rot test certificate and registration number
Portugal, Romania and any part of Spain which is within the European Union Pre-import notification and accompanied by a registration number
Other EU countries (including within the UK) and Switzerland Accompanied by registration number
Other non-EU countries Prohibited

 

 

 


 

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