Express-PRA for Eldana saccharina – Interception –
Initiation: Suspected infestation of a consignment of Cassia fistula (seed pulp) from Indonesia, notified by the Plant Protection Service Berlin
Eldana saccharina is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa and Saudi Arabia and so far, it does not occur in Germany/the EU. So far, it is listed neither in the Annexes of the Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 nor by EPPO.
Eldana saccharina infests maize, rice, Sorghum bicolor and sugarcane. Due to inappropriate climate conditions, it is not assumed that Eldana saccharina can establish outdoors in Germany. The establishment in South European EU-Member States is not expected either. Due to its very low damage potential for the EU, the pest does not pose any phytosanitary risk for Germany and other EU-Member States.
Based on this risk analysis, it is assumed that the pest cannot establish in Germany or another Member State and hence, cannot cause any damage. Thus, the pest is not classified as a quarantine pest and Article 29 of the Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 does not apply.
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