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USDA Lifts Ban on Fruit and Vegetable Imports from Dominican Republic

Friday, December 15, 2017
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Effective Dec. 12 the Department of Agriculture has lifted a March 2015 federal order that prohibited imports of certain fruits and vegetables from the Dominican Republic due to multiple detections of live Mediterranean fruit fly. APHIS states that the DR established a comprehensive nationwide medfly monitoring network and initiated an eradication campaign and that no medflies have been trapped in the DR since January 2017. As a result, USDA is once again allowing imports of the following from the DR: avocado, clementine, grape, grapefruit, lemon, litchi, longan, mamey (sapote), mandarin, mango, orange, papaya, pepper, pummelo, tangelo, tangerine, tomato, and tuna (cactus fruit).

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