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Effective Oct. 4 the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has lifted a federal order that prohibited the importation of fresh pomegranate arils from Peru due to the detection of Mediterranean fruit fly larvae in two commercial consignments of such goods at Los Angeles International Airport. Instead, APHIS will allow such imports in accordance with an approved systems approach described in an operational work plan between APHIS and Peru’s national plant protection organization after both parties finalize and sign that plan.
Also effective Oct. 4 APHIS is suspending the importation of fresh pomegranate arils from India after detecting an Oriental fruit fly larva in a commercial shipment. Once APHIS and India’s NPPO implement an operational work plan that documents a systems approach, imports will again be allowed provided they adhere to that approach.
Finally, APHIS is requiring shipments of fresh pomegranate arils from non-restricted countries to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration issued by the NPPO in the country of origin stating that the consignment was inspected and found free of Tephritidae fruit flies.
APHIS notes that these restrictions apply to both commercial shipments and passenger baggage but do not affect the commercial importation of whole pomegranate fruit from Peru and India, which remain enterable with treatment.
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