Russia rejects tons of Turkish products due to dangerous pests

Russia sent back 39.5 tons of tomatoes and 20.3 tons of strawberries from Turkey after customs officials detected dangerous agricultural pests.

Russian food standards agency Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement that a total of 39.5 tonnes of tomatoes contained American moth and 20.3 tonnes of strawberries had California thrips.

Rosselhoznadzor’s communication department said that 60 tonnes of Turkish agricultural products had been temporarily kept in Russia’s standard agency’s Bryansk ve Smolensk offices and later sent back to the importing companies in Krasnodar and Moskov.

Russian Sputnik reported that experts examined these tomatoes and strawberries in the Interregional Veterinary Laboratory in the Bryansk region and found the dangerous pests after lengthy examinations.

The caterpillars of South American tomato moth, which are common in many Asian, African, European and American countries, are damaging tomato, eggplant, potato, bean and tobacco products.

Western flower trypsin, which is known as one of the most harmful pests in the class of vegetables grown in decorative flower cultures and greenhouse environment, can damage 224 plant species, experts said.

Russia imposed an embargo on the supply of frozen meat, chicken and turkey by-products, tomatoes, cucumbers and gherkins, fresh grapes, apples, pears and strawberries from Turkey on 1 January 2016 in response to an attack by the Turkish Air Force on the Russian Su-24 aircraft in Syria. Later, the restrictions were partially lifted.

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