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Peppers from Colombia

Effective March 25, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is authorizing the importation of fresh peppers from Colombia into the continental U.S. Such imports will be subject to a number of phytosanitary measures, including the following.

- permits will be issued for commercial consignments only

- peppers must be grown in approved places of production registered with Colombia’s national plant protection organization and packed within 24 hours of harvest in cartons labeled with the identity of the place of production

- places of production must consist of pest exclusionary structures and contain traps for the detection of Mediterranean fruit fly and South American fruit fly

- places of production must be inspected prior to harvest for specific moths and fungus and immediately prohibited from exporting peppers to the U.S. if those pests are found

- each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate of inspection issued by the Colombian NPPO

Pork from India

Effective May 13, 2020, APHIS added India to the list of regions considered affected with African swine fever. USDA regulations prohibit the importation of pork and pork products from such regions except if processed and treated in accordance with specified provisions or consigned to an APHIS-approved establishment for further processing. USDA regulations also restrict the importation of swine casings that originated in or were processed in a region where ASF exists.

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