Inspectors from the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance on the returned three batches of fresh tomatoes from the Republic of Daghestan -with a total volume of 50.4 tons- sent by Azerbaijan.
According to the officials, the vegetables were banned from import to Russia due to detection of South American tomato moth in them. This was the result of a laboratory report of the Russian Center for Plant Quarantine subordinate. The goods were returned to Azerbaijan.
Restrictions on the supply of tomatoes and apples from Azerbaijan were imposed on December 10, 2020, due to multiple identifications of the South American tomato moth and the eastern moth, both dangerous for agricultural production.