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USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imports of Squash, Courgettes, Pitaya Fruit

Thursday, August 14, 2014
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than Oct. 14 on the proposed extension of information collections associated with the regulations allowing imports into the continental United States of (a) baby squash and baby courgettes from Zambia and (b) fresh pitaya fruit from Central America. For baby squash and baby courgettes from Zambia, information collection activities include inspection of greenhouses, labeling of cartons, maintaining required trapping records, and phytosanitary certificates issued by the national plant protection organization of Zambia with an additional declaration that the items were produced in accordance with the regulations. For pitaya fruit from Central America, information collection activities include production site certification and registration, review and maintenance of records, packinghouse registration, a workplan, records of fruit fly detections and checking of traps, identification of places of production on shipping documents, box marking, and a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration.

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