APHIS Amends Khapra Bettle Regulations
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued an interim rule that amends the khapra beetle regulations by incorporating additional regulated articles and countries. APHIS has also updated the regulations to reflect changes in industry practices that have affected the risk of khapra beetle being imported into the U.S. as well as country names that have changed since the regulations were originally published. Finally, APHIS has removed the list of countries where khapra beetle is known to occur from the regulations and moved it to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Web site.
The agency indicates that these actions are necessary to prevent the introduction of khapra beetle from infested countries on commodities that have been determined to be hosts for the pest, reflect current industry practices, and make it easier to make timely changes to the list of regulated countries. Comments on this action may be submitted by Feb. 27.