Imports of Tomatoes from Ecuador, Pomegranates from Turkey Under Consideration
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to allow the importation of tree tomatoes from Ecuador into the continental U.S. As a condition of entry these tomatoes would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for importation in commercial consignments, registration and monitoring of places of production, field monitoring and pest-control practices, trapping, and inspection for quarantine pests by the national plant protection organization of Ecuador. Comments on this proposal are due no later than Aug. 21.
APHIS is also accepting comments through Aug. 21 on a proposal to allow imports of commercial consignments of fresh pomegranate fruit from Turkey into the continental U.S. As a condition of entry this fruit would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes grove registration, sanitation, and pest control measures; packinghouse registration and procedures designed to exclude quarantine pests; cold treatment; and procedures for packing, storing, and shipping the fruit. In addition, consignments would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Turkey.