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USDA Reviewing Information Collection on Vegetable Imports

Friday, February 13, 2015
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting through March 16 comments on information collections associated with the importation of baby squash and baby courgettes from Zambia and eggplant from Israel.

As a condition of entry, baby squash and baby courgettes from Zambia have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for pest exclusion at the production site, fruit fly trapping inside and outside the production site, and pest excluding packinghouse procedures. Both commodities must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that they have been produced in accordance with these requirements.

Similarly, fresh eggplant from Israel must be grown under a systems approach that includes requirements for pest exclusion at the production site, fruit fly trapping inside and outside the production site, and pest-excluding packinghouse procedures.

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