USDA Authorizes Imports of Barhi Dates from Israel
Effective May 2, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has authorized the importation of fresh Barhi dates from Israel. Such imports will be subject to the following phytosanitary measures.
- the dates may be imported in commercial consignments only
- the dates must be treated in accordance with 7 CFR part 305 for the Mediterranean fruit fly
- the dates must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Israel stating that the consignment has begun or has undergone treatment T107-i, with an additional declaration stating that the fruit was inspected and found free of Mauginiella scaettae
APHIS is also adding a new cold treatment schedule T107-i for the Mediterranean fruit fly in Barhi dates to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual.