Guernsey tomato imports may be quarantined

A decision is expected in the next few weeks over whether tomatoes imported to Guernsey should be quarantined.

In 2010 the Commerce and Employment Department temporarily banned fruit being brought in from Spain and Morocco to stop the spread of a pest.

The Tuta Absoluta is usually transported via fruit and has become widespread in Southern Europe.

The department said it was monitoring the situation and may have to put another ban into place.

The temporary ban was put in place when Tuta Absoluta, also known as the South American leaf miner, was found at one local wholesaler.

It worked to successfully stop the pest establishing itself in the island.

Terry Brokenshire, crop protection officer for the Horticulture Committee, said the situation was being monitored and if seen necessary the same procedures would be put in place.

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