Quickscan Chloridea subflexa
One living larva of Chloridae subflexa was intercepted on fruits of Physalis ixocarpa imported from Mexico. Fruits of Physalis spp. are non-regulated products in the EU (i.e. no requirement for a phytosanitary certificate and import inspection) and infested consignments may enter unnoticed. The organism has been reported to feed primarily on Physalis spp. and rarely on other Solanaceae. It can cause damage to fruits of Physalis spp. but no data were found on commercial production of Physalis fruit in the EU. The fruit on which the larva was found was intended for consumption and, therefore, the probability of introduction with import of fruit is considered low. The overall risk (probability x impact) is assessed ‘low’.
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