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Papayas from Peru May be Allowed Into U.S.

Friday, August 09, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Oct. 8 on a proposal to allow the importation of commercial consignments of fresh papayas from Peru into the continental U.S. APHIS is proposing to subject such papayas to a systems approach to pest mitigation that would require (a) that the papayas be produced at places of production registered with the national plant protection organization of Peru, (b) packing procedures designed to exclude quarantine pests, and (c) fruit fly trapping, field sanitation and hot water treatment to remove pests of concern from the pathway. Consignments of papayas from Peru would also be required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Peru stating that the papayas were grown, packed and shipped in accordance with the proposed requirements.

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