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USDA Moves to Allow Imports of Fresh Pitayaha from Israel

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has concluded that the application of the following phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation into the continental United States of fresh pitayaha fruit from Israel.

- the imports must be in commercial consignments only

- each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Israel

- the imports are subject to inspection upon arrival at the port of entry

APHIS is inviting comments through June 29 on a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with such imports. If APHIS’ overall conclusions and determination of risk remain unchanged after its consideration of any comments received, the importation of fresh pitayaha fruit from Israel into the continental U.S. will be authorized subject to the requirements specified in the risk management document.

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