Squash Flowers from Israel, Beans from Jordan Proposed for Importation
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through July 1 on proposed rules that would allow the importation into the continental U.S. of the following products.
Female Squash Flowers. APHIS is proposing to allow the importation of female squash flowers from Israel. APHIS notes that squash flowers have gained popularity as a garnish for dishes, desserts and salads and as an ingredient in other dishes and that the marketing of commercial grown edible flowers is typically directed to upscale restaurants. APHIS also states that Israel is expecting to export ten metric tons of such flowers annually to the U.S.
As a condition of entry, female squash flowers would be subject to a systems approach that would include requirements for pest exclusion at the production site and fruit fly trapping and monitoring. Imports would also require information collection activities that include production site registrations, trapping records, box markings, and phytosanitary certificates issued by the national plant protection organization of Israel with an additional declaration that the flowers were inspected and found free of quarantine pests.
Fresh Beans. APHIS is proposing to allow the importation of fresh beans(French, green, snap and string), shelled or in pods, from Jordan, which expects to export 200 metric tons of such beans to the U.S. annually. As a condition of entry, these beans would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes the following requirements: the beans are packed in facilities registered with and approved by the NPPO of Jordan; each shipping box is marked with the identity of the packing facility; and the beans are washed in potable water. The beans would also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Jordan attesting that the proposed requirements have been met and that the consignment was inspected and found free of specified quarantine pests.