Background

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule authorizing the importation of fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco into the continental U.S. Such goods may be authorized for importation after July 24 and are subject to the following phytosanitary measures.

- the raspberries may be imported in commercial consignments only

- the raspberries must be grown at a place of production that is registered with the national plant protection organization of Morocco

- during the growing season the raspberries must be inspected in the field by the NPPO of Morocco for signs of M. fructigena infection no more than 30 days prior to harvest (if this disease is detected the NPPO must notify APHIS, which will prohibit the importation of raspberries from the place of production for the remainder of the growing season)

- the raspberries must be packed in packinghouses registered with the NPPO

- detection of M. fructigena infection at a packinghouse may result in its suspension until an investigation is conducted and APHIS and the NPPO agree to appropriate remedial measures

- each consignment of raspberries must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO with an additional declaration stating that it was produced in accordance with the requirements authorized under 7 CFR 319.56-4 and has been inspected prior to export from Morocco and found free of M. fructigena

- the NPPO must develop an operational workplan, subject to APHIS approval, that details the activities it will carry out to comply with these requirements

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