The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is considering a request to authorize the importation of fresh mango fruit from Colombia into the U.S. Based on a pest risk analysis, APHIS has determined that such fruit can be safely imported if one or more specified phytosanitary measures are applied. Examples of such measures include the following.
- Only commercial consignments may be imported.
- Colombia’s national plant protection organization must conduct a fruit fly trapping program at each production site and maintain an APHIS-approved quality control program to monitor or audit this program.
- Mangos must be treated with an APHIS-approved treatment for fruit flies and medflies.
- Mangos must be safeguarded from exposure to these pests from the time of treatment to export.
- Packages containing mangos may not contain any other fruit, including mangos not qualified for importation into the U.S.
- Each consignment must be inspected jointly by inspectors from APHIS and the NPPO and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO.
Comments on this assessment are due by July 12.
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