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Imports of Certain Plant Products from Guatemala Allowed Under USDA Proposal

Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has preliminarily determined to allow imports of chipilin leaves and edible flowers of chufle, izote and pacaya from Guatemala after finding 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 such imports.

- The commodities must be imported as commercial consignments only.

- Each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Guatemala.

- Each consignment is subject to inspection upon arrival at the U.S. port of entry.

This determination is based on pest risk analyses that APHIS has made available for public comment through Sept. 8. If the overall conclusions of these analyses and APHIS’ determination of risk remain unchanged following its consideration of any comments received, the importation of the above products into the continental U.S. will be approved.

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