Chinese Sand Pears Considered for Importation Into U.S.
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to allow the importation into the United States of Chinese sand pears from China. As a condition of entry, sand pears from areas in China in which the Oriental fruit fly is not known to exist would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include requirements for registration of places of production and packinghouses, sourcing of pest-free propagative material, inspection for quarantine pests at set intervals by the national plant protection organization of China, bagging of fruit, safeguarding, labeling, and importation in commercial consignments. Sand pears from areas in China in which the Oriental fruit fly is known to exist could be imported if, in addition to the requirements set forth above, the places of production and packinghouses have a monitoring system in place for the Oriental fruit fly and the pears are treated with cold treatment. All sand pears from China would also be required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that all conditions for the importation of the pears have been met and that the consignment of pears has been inspected and found free of quarantine pests. Comments on this proposed rule are due no later than Feb. 14, 2012.