The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is considering separate requests to authorize the importation of the following for consumption.
- pepper from Spain
- fresh pea pods from Ethiopia
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 assessment before identifying pest mitigations and proceeding with the commodity import approval process, are due by July 15.
Separately, APHIS has determined that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via imports of fresh baby kiwi fruit from France into the continental U.S. Comments are due no later than Aug. 22.
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