MEDFLY DETECTED IN MORE RUSSIA-BOUND EGYPTIAN ORANGES

Russian authorities say they have discovered another batch of Egyptian oranges infected with Mediterranean fruit fly, just a few days after a previous detection was made. 

The country’s phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said 72 metric tons (MT) of oranges from the North African country were blocked from entry last week as the fruit contained live Medfly larvae.

The fruit was being shipped into Saint Petersburg.

On May 22 the organization said it had intercepted a 892MT Egyptian orange shipment that was infected with Medfly, despite the consignment being accompanied with a phytosanitary certificate ‘of international standard’.

Of the shipment, 120MT was reportedly prohibited from entry.