USDA News: Peppers from Colombia and Korea, Carnation Cuttings from Kenya
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has concluded that fresh peppers can safely be imported from Colombia into the continental U.S. using one or more of five designated phytosanitary measures. APHIS states that the national plant protection organization of Colombia would have to enter into an operational workplan that sets forth the daily procedures it would take to implement these measures, which include packing the peppers within 24 hours of harvest in a pest-exclusionary packinghouse, transportation safeguards, and consignments accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate of inspection.
Public comments on a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with imports of these peppers are due by July 8. APHIS states that if the overall conclusions of its analysis and determination of risk remain unchanged following its consideration of any comments received it will authorize the importation of these peppers subject to the requirements specified.
Effective May 9, APHIS is revising the conditions for imports of peppers from Korea into the continental U.S. One of these conditions is that the peppers must be grown in a pest-exclusionary greenhouse approved by and registered with the NPPO of Korea, and for a greenhouse to be considered pest-exclusionary any openings other than the doors must be covered with 0.6 mm or less screening. APHIS is now increasing the allowable mesh size of the screenings over vent openings from 0.6 mm to 1.6 mm provided that sticky traps are used as an additional measure for pest monitoring.
APHIS is accepting through July 8 comments on a proposal to revise the import requirements for carnation cuttings from Kenya by eliminating the mandatory one-year post-entry quarantine. This change would be subject to certain conditions, including imports in commercial consignments only, specific measures at production sites, and suspension of export approval if quarantine pests are detected in a production site.