More Fresh Fruit from Mexico Authorized for Import Into U.S.
Effective Aug. 13, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has authorized the importation into the continental United States of fresh pitayas and pomegranates from Mexico. Such imports will be subject to the following phytosanitary measures.
- The fruit may be imported in commercial consignments only.
- The fruit must be irradiated in accordance with 7 CFR part 305 with a minimum absorbed dose of 150 Gy.
- If the irradiation treatment is applied outside the U.S., each consignment must be jointly inspected by APHIS and the national plant protection organization of Mexico and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate attesting that the fruit received the required irradiation treatment.
- If the irradiation treatment is applied upon arrival in the U.S., each consignment must be inspected by the NPPO of Mexico prior to departure. For consignments of pitayas, the inspection must include a sampling procedure mutually agreed upon by APHIS and the NPPO of Mexico.
- The phytosanitary certificate must include an additional declaration stating that the consignment was inspected and found free from quarantine pests.
- The fruit is subject to inspection at the U.S. ports of entry.