The Rosselkhoznadzor held a videoconference with the representatives of leading tobacco companies on October 21.
The event was initiated by the Russian Authority due to its concern about the identification of a dangerous pest in raw tobacco produced in various countries of Africa, South and North America, Europe, Western and East Asia and imported to Russia. During the 9.5 months of the current year, the object (polyphagous scuttle fly (Megaselia scalaris (Loew)) considered quarantine for all EAEU countries was found both alive and dead in containers with products in 37 cases.
The Rosselkhoznadzor reported that the introduction and spread of this pest across the territory of Russia can lead to extremely negative consequences for agriculture. In this regard, the Authority is taking a number of phytosanitary measures necessary to ensure freedom from pests in the country.
In particular, the Rosselkhoznadzor proposed to the EEC to transfer raw tobacco into the category of products of high phytosanitary risk. In this case, the competent authorities of the supplying countries will be obliged to conduct laboratory tests of the exported raw materials and issue phytosanitary certificates on their basis, thereby guaranteeing its safety.
In addition, the Veterinary Authority has requested investigation results for each case of detecting scuttle flies from the national plant quarantine organizations of the countries importing raw tobacco.
In order to ensure trade continuity, the Rosselkhoznadzor-subordinate All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center is rapidly developing a method for disinfecting tobacco products, the first draft of which will appear in the very near future.
The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed readiness for productive interaction with tobacco companies and invited them to participate in the development and verification of the effectiveness of this methodology.