USDA Reviewing Info Collections on Imports of Tomatoes and Irradiation Treatment Facilities
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting through April 28 comments on the proposed extension of the following information collections.
Tomatoes. Under USDA regulations, pink or red tomatoes from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama are subject to certain conditions before entering the United States to prevent the introduction of plant pests. Each shipment of tomatoes must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization and bearing the declaration, “These tomatoes were grown in an area recognized to be free of Medfly and the shipment has been inspected and found free of the pest listed in the requirements.” APHIS also uses production site and packinghouse records, production site registration, a monitoring/auditing trapping program, trapping records, export certification, labeling of boxes and recertification of production sites.
Irradiation Treatment Facilities. APHIS uses the following information collection activities to provide generic criteria for irradiation treatment facilities that are used to prevent the spread of plant pests and plant diseases in the U.S. These criteria will help APHIS to determine whether any given commodity has been irradiated upon importation. (1) request initial certification and inspection of facility, (2) certification and recertification of facility, (3) denial and withdrawal of certification, (4) compliance agreement (PPQ 519), (5) irradiation facilities treating imported articles and irradiation treatment framework equivalency work plan, (6) irradiation facilities notification, (7) records, (8) facility to maintain and provide updated map identifying places horticultural crops are grown, (9) facility contingency plan, (10) letter of concurrence or non-agreement, (11) treatment arrangements, (12) pest management plan, and (13) facility map – detailed layout of facility.