Imports of Gooseberry Fruit from Ecuador Allowed Under USDA Proposal
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to allow the importation of fresh cape gooseberry fruit from Ecuador into the continental U.S. As a condition of entry, such fruit would be subject to a systems approach that would include requirements for establishment of pest-free places of production and the labeling of boxes prior to shipping. Fruit from non-pest-free places of production would have to undergo approved cold treatment or irradiation. The fruit would also have to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Ecuador certifying that the fruit has been produced in accordance with the systems approach. Comments on this proposed rule are due no later than June 19.