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USDA Proposes to Allow Imports of Mexican Potatoes

Friday, September 27, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking comments through Nov. 26 on a proposal to allow the importation of fresh potatoes from Mexico into the U.S. As a condition of entry, these potatoes would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach employing the following mitigation measures to prevent the introduction and dissemination of plant pests into the U.S.

- imported in commercial consignments

- produced by a grower who is registered in a certification program

- packed in registered packinghouses

- washed, cleaned and treated with a sprout inhibitor

- inspected after packing for quarantine pests

- accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that declares that the conditions for importation have been met

Additionally, the national plant protection organization of Mexico would have to provide a bilateral workplan to APHIS that details the activities that the NPPO will carry out to meet these requirements, subject to APHIS’ approval.

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