USDA Proposes Allowing Tropical Fruit Imports from Malaysia
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through July 8 on its proposal to allow the importation of fresh jackfruit (with stems less than five centimeters in length), pineapple and starfruit from Malaysia into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, these fruits would have to be irradiated for insect pests, inspected and imported in commercial consignments. There would also be additional commodity-specific requirements for other pests associated with these fruits. For example, each of these three types of fruit would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Malaysia with an additional declaration indicating that it has been treated and inspected prior to shipment and found free of specific pests.