USDA Moves to Expand Imports of Agricultural Products
Meat from Singapore. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined to recognize Singapore as being free of foot-and-mouth disease. As a result, effective Nov. 18, APHIS will lift related restrictions on the importation of live ruminants and swine and products thereof (e.g., meat) from Singapore.
Ruminants from Mexico. Effective Nov. 18, APHIS will add the state of Baja California, Mexico, to the list of Mexican regions declared free from fever ticks. As a result, related restrictions on the importation of ruminants from this area will be lifted.
Guava from Taiwan. Effective Oct. 17, APHIS is authorizing the importation of fresh guava fruit from Taiwan into the continental U.S., subject to the following phytosanitary measures.
- imports must be in commercial consignments only
- the national plant protection organization of Taiwan must enter into an operational workplan with APHIS
- places of production and packinghouses must be registered with the NPPO of Taiwan
- the NPPO of Taiwan must conduct regular inspections of places of production
- grove sanitation and trapping for fruit flies in places of production
- safeguarding and identification of the lot throughout the growing, packing, and export process
- bagging of fruit intended for export
- phytosanitary treatment in the form of cold treatment or irradiation
- the NPPO must inspect the shipments prior to export and issue a phytosanitary certification with an additional declaration
- port of entry inspections