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Friday, 15 September 2017

South Africa's systems approach to EU's new FCM regulations

The South African citrus industry has been preparing a systems approach to manage false codling moth for the past four years, in expectation of what has indeed come to pass: from 1 January 2018 false codling moth will be a regulated pest in the EU. Dr Sean Moore of Citrus Research International presented information on the systems approach to delegates at a workshop on FCM and other citrus pests, near Groblersdal in the Senwes region, as part of a nationwide CRI roadshow on FCM. “We can scientifically prove that the system we have developed will mitigate the phytosanitary risk and this approach is in line with the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures of the FAO’s International Plant Protection Convention. It has been developed in conjunction with all stakeholders within the citrus industry. Apart from lemons, which are exempt from the regulation as a non-host for FCM, there will be no other way of exporting to the EU.” Three exporting options have been developed for citrus to the EU. The default option, option C, includes four requirements: i) registration of each orchard, ii) orchard sanitation, iii) pheromone trap monitoring and iv) PPECB pallet inspection. The other two options (A & B) have additional requirements back on the farm and in the packhouse. All fruit to be exported under the systems approach will have to be shipped under one of a new set of shipping conditions that relate to the systems approach.

Source: www.freshplaza.com