Background

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to authorize the importation of citrus fruit from additional areas of production in Australia: the inland region of Queensland, the regions that compose Western Australia, and the shires of Bourke and Narromine within New South Wales District. APHIS believes such citrus may be safely imported under specified phytosanitary measures, including (1) the fruit originates within approved production areas that are free of fruit flies or is treated with cold treatment for those flies, (2) the fruit is accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate attesting that requirement (1) was met, (3) only commercial consignments are allowed, and (4) the fruit is imported under permit. Comments on the proposed changes are due by Feb. 16.

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