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UK Risk Register Details for Tuta absoluta

Pest has been archived

This pest has been assessed for the Risk Register and is considered to pose a low risk to the UK. The information on this pest was correct as of 14/08/2020, but is no longer actively maintained. It will only be updated if new information is received which indicates the potential for a significant increase in risk to the UK.

This record was last updated on 12/05/2021

Common Names

  • Cogollero del tomate
  • Polilla del tomate
  • Polilla perforadora
  • South American tomato moth
  • South American tomato pinworm
  • Tomato borer
  • Tomato leaf miner moth
  • Traça-do-tomateiro

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest spreads to maximum extent

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Fruits or vegetables

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Fruits or vegetables
  • Hitchhiking

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 3
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 9
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 27

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 3
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 9
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 27

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
Europe Present
United Kingdom Present (Unknown Distribution)
Albania Present
Austria Present
Belgium Present
Bosnia-Herzegovina Present
Bulgaria Present
Croatia Present
Cyprus Present
Czech Republic Present
France Present
Germany Present
Greece Present
Guernsey Present
Hungary Present
Italy Present
Lithuania Present
Republic of North Macedonia Present
Malta Present
Montenegro Present
Netherlands Present
Norway Present
Portugal Present
Romania Present
Russia Present
Serbia Present
Slovenia Present
Spain Present
Switzerland Present
Turkey Present
Ukraine Present
South America Present
Argentina Present
Bolivia Present
Brazil Present
Chile Present
Colombia Present
Ecuador Present
Paraguay Present
Peru Present
Uruguay Present
Venezuela Present
Mauritius Present (Limited) only in some areas
Algeria Present
Angola Present
Botswana Present
Burkina Faso Present
Burundi Present
Cabo Verde Present
Congo (Democratic Rep.) Present
Egypt Present
Equatorial Guinea Present
Ethiopia Present
Ghana Present
Kenya Present
Lesotho Present
Libya Present
Mayotte Present
Morocco Present
Mozambique Present
Namibia Present
Niger Present
Nigeria Present
Rwanda Present
Sao Tome and Principe Present
Senegal Present
South Africa Present
Sudan Present
Tanzania Present
Tunisia Present
Uganda Present
Zambia Present
Zimbabwe Present
Asia Present
Azerbaijan Present
Bahrain Present
Bangladesh Present
Georgia Present
India Present
Iran Present
Iraq Present
Israel Present
Japan Present
Jordan Present
Kuwait Present
Kyrgyzstan Present
Lebanon Present
Nepal Present
Qatar Present
Saudi Arabia Present
Syria Present
Tajikistan Present
United Arab Emirates Present
Uzbekistan Present
Yemen Present
Central America
Costa Rica Present
Haiti Present
Panama Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Lepidoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide

Solanum lycopersicum

Major Hosts

  • Beta vulgaris L.
  • Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai
  • Jatropha curcas L.
  • Solanum lycopersicum L.
  • Medicago sativa L.
  • Phaseolus vulgaris L.
  • Solanum melongena L.
  • Solanum muricatum L'Herit. Ex Ait.
  • Solanum tuberosum L.
  • Spinacia oleracea L.

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Only protected crops

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

'UK / Netherlands (2009) , EPPO (2013)'

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide


Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


No statutory action against findings

General Comments

Moth pest of tomato native to South America. Now established in Mediterranean areas, and present in glasshouses further north including the UK. Also establlished in many other parts of the world. Can be controlled through good hygiene and IPM.

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