Europhyt- Interceptions is the Commission’s rapid alert system for plant health.
EU Member States and Switzerland use this system to notify the presence of harmful organisms and other plant health risks found on consignments entering the Union during their import controls. The Commission's latest annual report on the operation of the system in 2016, shows that the number of interceptions made due to the presence of harmful organisms was 1,815, a reduction of 15% compared to 2015. This reflects a continuing downward trend since 2014, with an overall reduction of 25% over the period.
The Commission database of host plants found to be susceptible to Xylella fastidiosa in the Union territory has been updated. Go to related site
Two Commission reports, published today, present the findings of two audit series on some Member States' systems for the authorisation of plant protection products (PPPs, commonly referred to as pesticides) and for the control of their marketing and use. PPPs are strictly regulated under EU legislation so as to ensure a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment.
Today, the Commission adopted emergency measures with stricter import requirements to prevent the entry of citrus fruit from Argentina contaminated with citrus black spot, a harmful plant disease not native to Europe.