USDA Proposes to Adjust Cold Treatment Allowed for Grapefruit Imported from Australia
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments no later than Nov. 15 on its determination to allow a certain cold treatment to grapefruit imported from Australia.
APHIS states that grapefruit is currently authorized for importation from Australia into the U.S. if it was produced in fruit fly-free areas in Riverina, Riverland, or Sunraysia or if the fruit has been subjected to cold treatment to mitigate the risks from Mediterranean fruit fly and Queensland fruit fly. The cold treatment currently used requires fruit to be subject to refrigeration at or below 2.22°C for up to 22 days with no option to treat at 3°C.
APHIS is now proposing to give exporters the option to have grapefruit cold-treated at up to 3°C for no more than 14 days to meet U.S. entry requirements, noting that it approved such treatment for lemons, oranges, tangerines, and tangors from Australia in March 2011.