Rosselkhoznadzor has urged several European countries to halt the certification of Ecuadorian carnations starting from February 9 due to cases of detecting the California flower thrips pest in the flowers. This information has been reported on the agency's website.

"Rosselkhoznadzor is concerned about the increasing cases of violations of the phytosanitary requirements of the EAEU in the deliveries of Ecuadorian cut flowers due to the detection of the Western (California) flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis Pergande) in them," the statement said.

Infected flowers were imported from Ecuador through EU countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania, clarified Rosselkhoznadzor. Consequently, the agency has sent requests to the competent authorities of these countries to stop the certification of Ecuadorian carnations starting February 9. Should the delivery of infected plants persist, Rosselkhoznadzor warned of "having to move to the next stage of introducing restrictive measures regarding other types of flowers."