Change in regulatory status of Meloidogyne fallax
Since the UK has left the EU all quarantine pest have been assessed using a risk-based approach to determine which pests and commodities pose a risk to GB. These are the same principles which apply to the EU regime, but the outcome of this process has been a bespoke list of pests and commodities which need to be regulated to protect GB biosecurity.
This work needed to ensure that plants pests meet the requirements to be a quarantine pest for GB. This has resulted in the status of certain pests changing. In the case of Meloidogyne fallax it was concluded that its distribution within GB meant that it no longer met the criteria to be a quarantine pest.
Additionally it was also concluded that main risk posed by Meloidogyne fallax was to potatoes, therefore it is now listed in the GB plant health legislation as a regulated non-quarantine pest on potatoes, this means that action will only be taken against findings of Meloidogyne fallax in seed potatoes.