USDA Allows Imports of Fresh Peppers from Ecuador, Pitahaya from Israel
Peppers from Ecuador. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services has issued a final rule that, effective Nov. 23, will allow the importation of fresh peppers into the U.S. from Ecuador. As a condition of entry, the peppers will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for fruit fly trapping, pre-harvest inspections, production sites, and packinghouse procedures designed to exclude quarantine pests. The peppers will also be required to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Ecuador stating that the consignment was produced and prepared for export in accordance with the requirements in the systems approach.
Pitahaya from Israel. APHIS has announced its decision to authorize the importation of fresh pitahaya fruit from Israel into the continental United States. Such imports will be subject to the following phytosanitary measures.
- the pitahaya must be imported in commercial consignments only
- each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Israel
- each consignment is subject to inspection upon arrival at the port of entry to the U.S.