USDA Moves to Allow Imports of Fresh Guava from Taiwan
APHIS 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 U.S. of fresh guava fruit from Taiwan.
- the imports must be in commercial consignments only
- the places of production and packinghouses must be registered with the national plant protection organization of Taiwan
- the national plant protection organization of Taiwan must conduct regular inspections of places of production
- there must be grove sanitation and trapping for fruit flies in places of production
- there must be safeguarding and identification of the lot throughout the growing, packing, and export process
- phytosanitary treatment in the form of cold treatment or irradiation must be ensured
- the national plant protection organization of Taiwan must inspect the shipments prior to export and issue a phytosanitary certification with an additional declaration
- the imports are subject to inspection upon arrival at the port of entry
APHIS is inviting comments through Feb. 12 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 guava fruit from Taiwan into the continental U.S. will be authorized subject to the requirements specified in the risk management document.