Codling moths & Canadian food imports

Posted on July 21, 2010 by


USDA bans tomatoes, peppers from Canada in personal luggage

7/19/2010 4:29:24 PM by Andy Nelson

The U.S. has banned individuals from bringing whole tomatoes and peppers into the country from Canada, but the ban has no effect on commercial shipments.


Effective June 21, people traveling from Canada to the U.S. may not carry whole tomatoes or peppers in their baggage, said Alyn Kiel, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Canada imports tomatoes and peppers from countries known to have shipped those vegetables with false coddling moths in them.

In October 2009, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced that commercial-scale fresh peppers could only be shipped from Canada to the U.S. if they had documentation stating they were not grown in the Netherlands, which has tested positive for coddling moth.

That decision came a week after the USDA banned imports of Dutch greenhouse peppers.

Canada, unliike the U.S., does not consider false coddling moth to be a quarantine pest.

editor’s note:

This is an interesting point, not because that individuals are banned from bringing whole tomatoes and peppers from Canada, it’s the reason: the pesky codling moth. Research from Univerity of California, C Davis, states that the codling moth, is the worm in the apple, and “Codling moth, Cydia (Laspeyresia) pomonella, is a serious insect pest of apples, pears, and English walnuts.” Nothing here about tomatoes and peppers.

Tomatoes and peppers caused major havoc when the USDA mistakenly recalled tomatoes for peppers  From this news release, Netherlands seems to be the culprit.

 Peppers and  tomatoes from the Netherlands test positive for codling moths. Who knew..

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