Mangoes, Litchi Fruit Can be Imported from Australia
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Oct. 21, will allow the importation of fresh mangoes from Australia into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, these mangoes will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures for the fungus Cytosphaera mangiferae and will have to be inspected prior to exportation from Australia and found free of this and other diseases. The mangoes will also have to be imported in commercial consignments only, treated by irradiation to mitigate the risk of the mango seed weevil and fruit flies, and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration that the conditions for importation have been met.
APHIS has also issued a final rule that, effective Oct. 23, will allow the importation of commercial shipments of litchi fruit from Australia into the continental U.S. As a condition of entry this fruit must be treated with irradiation and subject to inspection. If irradiation is applied outside the U.S. the fruit must be inspected jointly by inspectors from APHIS and the national plant protection organization of Australia prior to departure and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Australia certifying that the fruit received the required irradiation treatment. If irradiation is to be applied upon arrival in the U.S. the fruit must be inspected by Australian inspectors prior to departure and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Australia. Additionally, the litchi fruit may not be imported into or distributed within the state of Florida due to the presence of litchi rust mite in Australia. However, APHIS has removed a proposed requirement that this fruit be grown in approved places of production that are registered with and monitored by the NPPO of Australia.