A video conference was held on January 26 between Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Yulia Shvabauskene and Head of the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan Goshgar Tahmazli.
Yulia Shvabauskene noted that the Rosselkhoznadzor is extremely concerned about another detection of tomato moth (Tuta absoluta (povolony)) in tomatoes imported from Azerbaijan, this is a quarantine pest for the Eurasian Economic Union.
The pest was detected in products from 5 establishments that had been previously approved to supply to Russia based on phytosanitary monitoring and relying on the guarantees from the competent authority of Azerbaijan.
Goshgar Tahmazli reported that the Russian competent authority had completely transformed Azerbaijan’s approach to safety of fruits and vegetables grown in the country for export, it consolidated the phytosanitary service.
Head of the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan pointed out that the investigation into the case confirmed detection of tomato moth in tomatoes exported to Russia from the approved establishments. The Agency took measures against those inspectors who had issued phytosanitary certificates for the infested products.
In addition, the Azerbaijani side noted that some of the 39 establishments that had been earlier approved to supply tomatoes to the Russian Federation were not dispatching products to the RF due to tomato moth detected by the Agency experts in their products.