The Secretariat for Agricultural Defense of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), has released a statement that -as of January 1, 2021- fresh apples imported from Chile will have to comply with phytosanitary requirements and include treatment against the Cydia Pomonella pest.
Normative Instruction 82, which deals with the subject, was published on August 19, in the Federal Official Gazette. The standard updates the phytosanitary criteria and provides for the possibility of treating fruit cargo with methyl bromide at the source (before shipment).
With the new instruction, Chile may also adopt a Risk Mitigation System (SMR) as a phytosanitary measure, which involves integrated actions applied in production, processing and certification, to minimize the risk of sending contaminated products to Brazil. This SMR will be audited and recognized by the Brazilian authorities.