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USDA Reviewing Information Collection on Tomato Imports from Certain Regions

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Sept. 15 on the proposed revision and extension of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of tomatoes from Spain, Chile, France, Morocco and Western Sahara. USDA regulations allow such imports subject to certain conditions designed to protect the tomatoes from infestation by Mediterranean fruit fly. This necessitates the use of certain information collection activities, including phytosanitary certificates and maintaining records regarding trap placement and Medfly captures. APHIS found that a trust fund agreement, quality control program, box markings, and the registration of production sites, greenhouses and treatment facilities were not included in the previous approval of this information collection.

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