Proposals to Allow Imports of Avocados and Apricots from Spain Get More Time for Comments
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is reopening through June 13 the period for public comment on a proposed rule that would allow the importation of avocados from continental Spain (excluding the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands). Such avocados would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include requirements for importation in commercial consignments, registration and monitoring of places of production and packinghouses, grove sanitation, and inspection for quarantine pests by the national plant protection organization of Spain. Consignments of avocados other than the Hass variety would have to be treated for the Mediterranean fruit fly either prior to moving to the U.S. or upon arrival prior to release. Consignments would also be required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the avocados were grown and inspected and found to be free of pests in accordance with the proposed requirements.
APHIS is also reopening through June 13 the period for public comments on a proposed rule that would allow imports of fresh apricots from continental Spain. As a condition of entry such apricots would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include registration of production locations and packinghouses, pest monitoring, sanitary practices, chemical and biological controls, and phytosanitary treatment. The fruit would also have to be imported in commercial consignments, with each consignment identified throughout its movement from place of production to port of entry in the U.S. Consignments would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Spain certifying that the fruit is free from all quarantine pests and has been produced in accordance with the systems approach.