Brazil suspends Argentine pome fruit imports
The Brazilian government has suspended the import of apples, pears and quince from Argentina due to the presence of codling moths (Cydia pomonella) in cargoes from the country. Minister of Agriculture Katia Abreu says that Brazil is the only country to have “definitively” eradicated the pest. She also notes that prior to the suspension, Brazil had several times requested that the Argentine government allow on-the-spot verification of contingency plans and risk mitigation measures - inspection that is carried out every year. “But that was not allowed,” she added. Argentina has since permitted Brazil to carry out such inspections next month. The results of that will determine whether the suspension continues, the Ministry of Agriculture notes.