USDA Proposes to Allow Imports of Mexican Potatoes
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking comments through Nov. 26 on a proposal to allow the importation of fresh potatoes from Mexico into the U.S. As a condition of entry, these potatoes would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach employing the following mitigation measures to prevent the introduction and dissemination of plant pests into the U.S.
- imported in commercial consignments
- produced by a grower who is registered in a certification program
- packed in registered packinghouses
- washed, cleaned and treated with a sprout inhibitor
- inspected after packing for quarantine pests
- accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that declares that the conditions for importation have been met
Additionally, the national plant protection organization of Mexico would have to provide a bilateral workplan to APHIS that details the activities that the NPPO will carry out to meet these requirements, subject to APHIS’ approval.