This information has been issued by the Fit For Market SPS programme, A COLEACP programme, funded by the EU and the OACPS.
The EU has introduced new legislation to amend plant health rules covering False Codling Moth (FCM, Thaumatotibia leucotreta). The new draft regulation has been submitted to the WTO for a feedback period, and will be applied from 11th April 2022.
FCM is listed as a priority pest under EU plant health regulations ((EU) 2019/1702). Unfortunately, as this pest has been intercepted on several host plants in recent months during EU border controls, stricter rules have now been introduced. The new requirements target, in particular, countries that have been using options to export under FCM-free places of production (option C), or a systems approach for FCM control (option D).
The draft regulation introduces new FCM-related rules for the following crops:
Action needs to be taken to protect exports of these crops to the EU from 11th April. The most important points to note are for countries exporting these crops according to the options (c) “pest free place of production” or (d) “systems approach/post-harvest treatment”: