STC Number - 293

Risks arising from Carambola fruit fly in French Guyana

Maintained by: European Union; France
Raised by: Brazil
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2010 G/SPS/R/58, paras. 23-24
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally.
Products covered: 08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2010, Brazil expressed concerns regarding delays in eradicating the carambola fruit fly from the area close to the common border between French Guyana and Brazil. The carambola fruit fly posed a real risk of spreading in the country and could negatively affect many producers. A protocol of cooperation in the control and eradication of the carambola fruit fly was signed between Brazil and France in 2002. However, France had suspended the protocol in 2005 without providing a sufficient justification. A meeting of experts from both parties with an independent expert was yet to be scheduled. Brazil was mainly concerned that the delay in the resolution of this problem might result in severe loses to its fruit producers.
The European Union reported that the French authorities were awaiting a reply by Brazil to a letter dated of 10 November 2009, so the situation could be dealt with accordingly.