USDA Allows Imports of Fresh Citrus and Peppers from Peru
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Sept. 14, allows fresh citrus fruit (grapefruit, lime, mandarin, orange, tangerine or hybrids, sweet orange and tangelo) from the entire country of Peru to be imported into the continental United States. APHIS regulations currently allow citrus imports from five approved citrus-producing zones in Peru subject to a systems approach designed to mitigate the risk presented by four species of fruit fly. Having determined that this approach mitigates the plant pest risk associated with citrus fruit produced in all other areas of Peru as well, APHIS is allowing citrus imports from all of Peru under the same conditions that have been in place for the five zones.
APHIS has also issued a final rule that, effective Oct. 14, will allow the importation of fresh peppers into the continental U.S. and U.S. territories from Peru. As a condition of entry, peppers will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for fruit fly trapping, pre-harvest inspections, production sites, and packinghouse procedures designed to exclude quarantine pests. The peppers must also be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Peru with an additional declaration stating that the consignment was produced in accordance with the requirements of the systems approach.