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The False codling moth is a priority quarantine pest in the EU with the greatest economic and environmental impact-which represents a serious threat to the EU citrus-producing countries when citrus fruits are imported into the EU from non-EU countries where it is imported. Present.

This insect extends throughout Africa south of the Sahara, constituting a highly polyphagous pest. In 2021 there have been 208 interceptions of citrus imported into the EU with harmful organisms, with South Africa in the lead with 63 of the 208, 30.3% of the total. And, most worryingly, of those 63 interceptions from South Africa, 43 (68.3% of the 63) are from the fungus Phyllosticta citricarpa or Mancha negra’ (Citrus Black Spot, CBS), 18 from ‘Falsa moth ‘ or Thaumatotibia leucotreta and 2 Tephritid insects, to which must be added the 54 interceptions from Zimbabwe, 44 of ‘Black Spot’ and 10 of ‘False Moth’ (EUROPHYT-TRACES data). South Africa and Zimbabwe have therefore accounted for 56.3% of the total interceptions of harmful organisms in citrus imported into the EU in 2021 (117 out of a total of 208), and 96.6% of the interceptions of ‘False moth’ (28 of the 29 occurred). EU legislation requires freedom from the pest on imports and, judging by interceptions in recent years on imported citrus, South Africa’s freely chosen systems approach has provided more than clear evidence if it is not effective in guaranteeing the absence of the insect, the phytosanitary risk for the community citrus orchard being disproportionate and unacceptable.

Inmaculada Sanfeliu, president of the Spanish Citrus Management Committee (CGC), talks about INTERCITRUS, the Spanish Citrus Interbranch Association .

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