USDA Proposes to Allow Imports of Tomato Plantlets, Sale of Resulting Tomatoes in U.S.
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through May 4 on a proposal to authorize the importation of tomato plantlets in growing media from Mexico into the continental U.S. for propagation in greenhouses there.
Such imports would be subject to a systems approach consisting of measures currently specified for tomato plants for planting not imported in growing media as well as measures specific to all plants for planting that are imported in approved growing media. Additionally, the plantlets would have to be imported into greenhouses in the continental U.S. and the importers or the greenhouse owners would have to enter into compliance agreements regarding the conditions under which the plants must enter and be maintained within the greenhouses.
The proposed rule would provide that if all of these requirements are correctly complied with tomatoes produced from the imported greenhouse plantlets may be shipped from the greenhouses for commercial sale within the U.S.