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New Restrictions on Imports of Pork from Malaysia

Effective March 2, 2021, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service added Malaysia to the list of regions affected with African swine fever. USDA regulations prohibit imports of pork and pork products from such regions except if they are processed and treated in accordance with the provisions specified in the regulations or consigned to an APHIS-approved establishment for further processing. Imports of swine casings that originated in or were processed in such a region are also restricted.

Imports of Marjoram, Hydrangea, Dragon Fruit Under Consideration

APHIS is considering separate requests to authorize the importation of the following products.

- fresh marjoram from Kenya into the U.S. and territories for consumption

- hydrangea cuttings for planting from Chile into the U.S.

- fresh dragon fruit from Peru into the U.S. for consumption

APHIS has drafted pest risk assessments that list the potential pests likely to remain on these commodities upon importation if no mitigation is applied. Comments on these assessments, including information that might lead APHIS to revise its assessments before identifying pest mitigations and proceeding with the commodity import approval process, are due by Aug. 23.

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