Directive for tomato importers

As a precautionary measure and effective immediately, NZMPI will not be issuing phytosanitary certifi cates for fresh tomatoes, tomato seeds and nursery stock of New Zealand origin exported to Fiji. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fiji has stopped the imports of fresh tomatoes and tomato seeds from New Zealand the discovery of the Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) at tomato glasshouse facilities in Auckland.

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji issued the directive on June 15th after being notified by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries.

“As a precautionary measure and effective immediately, NZMPI will not be issuing phytosanitary certificates for fresh tomatoes, tomato seeds and nursery stock of New Zealand origin exported to Fiji,” stated the BAF advisory.

“BAF will until further notice, prohibit the import of New Zealand produced fresh tomatoes, tomato seeds and nursery stock into Fiji.

“All import permits issued for import of fresh produce or propagating materials from New Zealand are now revoked for fresh tomatoes, tomato seeds and nursery stock only.

“Other commodities for which the import permit was issued may continue to be imported according to usual BAF requirements and official certifications from New Zealand.

“The stakeholders will be informed after further discussions and investigations have been completed and if there are any reviews to the above decision.”

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