Starting December 14, the European Union will require agricultural products to be tested before they’re imported.
“They are putting a blanket requirement basically on all plant material,” explained Oregon Department of Agriculture Seed Regulatory Manager Elizabeth Savory.
Savory said that includes fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, trees, grains, hop bales, pellets and cones – along with seeds. The ODA conducts the inspections.
“We’re just looking for any obvious signs of disease, insects or contaminants,” Savory added.
The EU has 35 high risk plant groups that are required to have the testing. Savory said they need growers to know the testing has to take place before the crop is shipped.