The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is considering a request to authorize the importation of five species of orchid plants for planting (Cattleya, Dendrobrium, Oncidium, Phalaenopsis, and Vanda) from the Dominican Republic into the U.S. and its territories. 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 Dec. 27.
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