Fresh Apples from China May be Imported Into Continental U.S.
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective May 26, will allow the importation of fresh apples (Malus pumila) from China into the continental United States.
As a condition of entry, apples from areas in China in which the Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) is not known to exist will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for registration of places of production and packinghouses, inspection for quarantine pests at set intervals by the national plant protection organization of China, bagging of fruit, safeguarding, labeling, and importation in commercial consignments. Apples from areas in China in which Oriental fruit fly is known to exist may be imported into the continental U.S. if, in addition to these requirements, the apples are treated with fumigation plus refrigeration.
All apples from China will also be required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that all applicable conditions have been met and that the consignment has been inspected and found free of quarantine pests.