USDA Approves Imports of Three Tropical Fruits from Malaysia
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective April 18, will allow the importation of fresh jackfruit, pineapple and starfruit from Malaysia into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, all three commodities must be irradiated for insect pests, inspected by the national plant protection organization of Malaysia, and imported in commercial consignments. There will also be additional, commodity-specific requirements for other pests associated with these fruits.
APHIS notes that Malaysia expects to export to the U.S. around 2,500 metric tons of fresh pineapple, 1,500 metric tons of fresh jackfruit and 3,000 metric tons of fresh starfruit annually. The proposed amount represents less than 0.4% of the average annual amount of U.S. pineapple imports, but there are no trade data for the other two fruits to compare.