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USDA on Imports of Shredded Lettuce from Egypt, Litchi from South Africa and Australia

Thursday, January 05, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Effective Dec. 28, 2011, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has authorized the importation into the continental United States of fresh shredded lettuce from Egypt and fresh litchi fruit from South Africa.

Fresh shredded lettuce from Egypt must be imported in commercial consignments only. Each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Egypt with an additional declaration stating the following: “Shredded lettuce leaves in this consignment were inspected and found free from quarantine pests”

Fresh litchi from South Africa must also be imported in commercial consignments only. Each consignment must be inspected by the NPPO of South Africa using a sampling procedure mutually agreed upon by APHIS and the NPPO and a representative sample of fruit must be drawn from each lot, cut open, inspected and found free from any pupae of C. peltastica. In addition, the fruit must be irradiated with a minimum absorbed dose of 400 Gy. If the irradiation treatment is applied outside the U.S., each consignment must be jointly inspected by APHIS and the NPPO of South Africa and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate certifying that the fruit received the required irradiation treatment with an additional declaration stating that the consignment was inspected and found free of C. peltastica. If the irradiation treatment is to be applied upon arrival in the U.S., each consignment must be inspected by the NPPO of South Africa prior to departure and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the consignment was inspected and found free of C. peltastica.

Separately, APHIS is proposing to allow the importation of commercial shipments of litchi fruit from Australia into the continental U.S. except Florida. As a condition of entry, the litchi fruit would have to be grown in production areas that are registered with and monitored by the NPPO of Australia, treated with irradiation at a dose of 400 gray and subject to inspection at the port of entry. The fruits would also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the conditions for importation have been met. Comments on this proposed rule are due no later than Feb. 27.

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