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Fresh Cilantro from Mexico Subject to Detention Without Physical Examination

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that the Food and Drug Administration has informed U.S. importers of the issuance of Import Alert #24-23 concerning the detention without physical examination of fresh cilantro from the state of Puebla in Mexico. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health officials have identified annually recurring outbreaks (in 2012, 2013 and 2014) of cyclosporiasis in the U.S. that have been associated with such imports.

As a result, this import alert indicates DWPE of fresh cilantro from Mexico offered for entry from April 1 through Aug. 31 of every year unless it is offered for entry from a firm listed on the Green List of this import alert. This action takes effect immediately and is applicable to all entries of cilantro from Mexico currently in the entry process as well as all future entries.

To verify that the product is not from the state of Puebla, importers must provide documentation that it originated from a facility outside Puebla. Importers and brokers should expect delays in FDA releases for cilantro from Mexico pending review of these documents.

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