USDA Moves to Allow Imports of Star Apple Fruit from Vietnam
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has concluded that the application of one or more of the following phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation into the continental United States of fresh star apple fruit from Vietnam.
- the imports must be in commercial consignments only
- each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Vietnam
- each consignment must be treated in accordance with 7 CFR Part 305
- each consignment is subject to inspection upon arrival at the port of entry
APHIS is inviting comments through Sept. 19 on a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with such imports. If APHIS’ overall conclusions and determination of risk remain unchanged after its consideration of any comments received, the importation of fresh star apple fruit from Vietnam into the continental U.S. will be authorized subject to the requirements specified in the risk management document.