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Effective Sept. 8 the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is amending the entry requirements for tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and pepper (Capsicum spp.) seeds imported from all countries to require all shipments to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate or a reexport phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration. The additional declaration must verify that the seeds have been tested for pospiviroids of quarantine significance prior to entry into the U.S. or were produced in a country in which these pospiviroids are not known to occur. As a result of this new requirement, APHIS states, tomato and pepper seeds are no longer eligible for importation using a small lots of seed permit.

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