Rosselkhoznadzor noted a sharp increase in the supply of pest products from Armenia
According to the service, this year harmful organisms in the flower and fruit and vegetable products of Armenia were detected in 72 cases. "At the same time, a sharp increase in violations was recorded in November - only from November 24 to November 26, 36 facts of the importation of infected flowers, cucumbers, dried fruits, grapes, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, apples, pears to Russia were revealed, accompanied by phytosanitary certificates issued by the food safety inspection authority of Armenia," - the press release says.
In plant products, eastern fruitworm (Grapholita molesta (Busck), Pepino mosaic virus, tomato brown rugose fruit virus and western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis Pergand) were found to be quarantined for the EAEU member states.
In addition, five cases of exceeding the maximum permissible levels of pesticide residues in tomatoes, strawberries, apples and grapes were found in November, which may indicate a violation by Armenian producers of regulations on the use of pesticides, the report says.
"This indicates a decrease in control by the food safety inspection body of Armenia and poses a threat to the phytosanitary well-being of Russia. The Rosselkhoznadzor has notified the competent authority of Armenia of all violations, but information about the investigations has not yet been received by the service," the report says.
Taking this into account, the Rosselkhoznadzor sent an official letter to Armenia with a request to immediately take comprehensive measures to prevent the shipment of contaminated products to Russia and inform the Russian agency about the work carried out.
At the same time, phytosanitary control at the border is carried out in the normal mode, the rules of inspection and clearance of goods coming from Armenia have not changed, the Rosselkhoznadzor reports.