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USDA Moves to Expand Imports of Papayas, Blackberries, Raspberries, Peppers

Friday, April 24, 2015
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Papayas. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective May 26, will allow the importation of commercial consignments of fresh papayas from Peru into the continental United States. Such imports will be subject to a systems approach to pest mitigation that includes requirements to produce the papayas at places of production registered with the national plant protection organization of Peru, required packing procedures designed to exclude quarantine pests, and required fruit fly trapping, field sanitation and hot water treatment to remove pests of concern from the pathway. In addition, consignments of papayas from Peru must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Peru stating that the papayas were grown, packed and shipped in accordance with these requirements.

Blackberries and Raspberries. APHIS is accepting through June 23 comments on a proposal to allow the importation of fresh Andean blackberry and raspberry fruit from Ecuador into the continental U.S. As a condition of entry, such fruit would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for importation in commercial consignments, from a pest free production site within a certified low pest prevalence area for fruit flies, and pest monitoring and trapping. The fruit would also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Ecuador bearing an additional declaration stating that the consignment was produced and prepared for export in accordance with the requirements of the systems approach.

Peppers. APHIS is accepting through June 23 comments on separate proposals to allow the importation of (a) fresh peppers into the U.S. from Ecuador and (b) fresh peppers into the continental U.S. and territories from Peru. As a condition of entry, these peppers would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include requirements for fruit fly trapping, pre-harvest inspections, production sites, and packinghouse procedures designed to exclude quarantine pests. The peppers would also have to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Ecuador or Peru, as appropriate, stating that the consignment was produced and prepared for export in accordance with the requirements in the systems approach.

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