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USDA Moves to Allow Imports of Swiss Chard from Colombia

Monday, July 08, 2013
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has concluded that the application of one or more of the following phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of Swiss chard from Colombia.

- the imports must be in commercial consignments only

- the imports are subject to inspection at the port of entry

- the imports must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Colombia with an additional declaration stating that the consignment was inspected and found free of Copitarsia incommoda and Liriomyza huidobrensis

APHIS is inviting comments through Sept. 6 on a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with such imports. If APHIS’ overall conclusions and determination of risk remain unchanged after its consideration of any comments received, the importation of Swiss chard from Colombia into the continental U.S. will be authorized subject to the requirements specified in the  risk management document.

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