Exception for resistant varieties in new ToBRFV EU emergency measure

A new emergency measure against Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) goes into effect on September 1. The rule will apply until at least the end of December 2024. Some things are changing as of September 1, including for resistant varieties. The exceptions in the new emergency measures now also apply to resistant varieties of Solanum lycopersicum and hybrids. Member state authorities must, however, communicate lists of resistant varieties to the European Commission in advance.

Other exceptions apply to seed production in the EU and third countries. Each seed lot must be tested by default, with the exception that in the case of up to 30 parent plants per lot, parent plants may also be tested as an alternative. The origins of seed lots must be documented.

An exception to these new requirements for seed production applies to seed lots harvested before August 31, 2023, which still have to comply with the requirements of regulation 2020/1191, the old regulation that will be replaced with effect from September 1.

The third change applies to imports of seeds and young plants. Here, new inscription requirements apply with effect from September 1, 2023. These can be found in the document, Additional declarations for imports other than fruit and vegetables. This new addition may already be used now.

The emergency measures apply to tomatoes (hybrids) and to peppers and chili peppers.

Source: NVWA

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