UK Risk Register Details for Tuta absoluta

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
This section is currently being developed as part of the next phase of the Risk Register.

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 Status Notes
Europe Present
Albania Present
Bosnia-Herzegovina Present
Bulgaria Present
Switzerland Present
Cyprus Present
Germany Present
Spain Present
France Present
United Kingdom Present (Unknown Distribution)
Guernsey Present
Greece Present
Croatia Present
Hungary Present
Italy Present
Lithuania Present
Montenegro Present
Malta Present
Netherlands Present
Norway Present (Limited)
Portugal Present
Romania Present
Serbia Present
Russia Present
Slovenia Present
Turkey Present
North America
Costa Rica Present (Limited)
Panama Present (Limited)
South America Present
Argentina Present (Widespread)
Bolivia Present (Widespread)
Brazil Present (Widespread)
Chile Present (Widespread)
Colombia Present (Widespread)
Ecuador Present
Peru Present
Paraguay Present
Uruguay Present
Venezuela Present
Africa Present
Algeria Present
Ethiopia Present
Kenya Present
Libya Present
Morocco Present
Niger Present
Nigeria Present
Sudan Present
Senegal Present
Tunisia Present
Tanzania Present
Uganda Present
Mayotte Present (Widespread)
South Africa Present (Limited)
Zambia Present
Asia Present
United Arab Emirates Present (Limited)
Georgia Present
Israel Present
India Present
Iraq Present
Iran Present
Jordan Present (Widespread)
Kyrgyzstan Present
Nepal Present
Qatar Present
Saudi Arabia Present (Limited)
Syria Present (Limited)
Tajikistan Present
Yemen Present (Limited)

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Lepidoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide

Solanum lycopersicum

Major Hosts

  • Solanum lycopersicum L.

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Only protected crops

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

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

EU and EPPO Listing


Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


No statutory action against findings

General Comments

Pest of tomato established in Mediterranean areas and present elsewhere in the EU. Can be controlled through good hygiene and IPM.

Risk Records for this Pest