Background

Melons from Japan

Effective Nov. 8, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is allowing imports of fresh melon fruit with stems from Japan into the entire U.S. rather than limiting them to Hawaii. Such imports are subject to the following phytosanitary measures.

- the fruit must be imported as commercial consignments only

- each consignment must be inspected and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the Japanese national plant protection organization stating that the fruit is free of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus

- each consignment is subject to inspection upon arrival in the U.S.

Pummelo from Thailand

Effective Nov. 10, APHIS has authorized imports of fresh pummelo fruit from Thailand, subject to the following phytosanitary measures.

- the fruit must be shipped in commercial consignments only

- the fruit must be treated with irradiation in accordance with 7 CFR part 305

- prior to packing the fruit must be washed, brushed, disinfested, submerged in surfactant, treated for Xanthomonas citri Gabriel et al. with an APHIS-approved surface disinfectant, and treated for Phyllosticta citriasiana and Phyllosticta citricarpa with an APHIS-approved fungicide

- each shipment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Thailand

- if the fruit was irradiated in Thailand, each consignment must be inspected jointly in Thailand by APHIS and the NPPO of Thailand and the phytosanitary certificate must contain an additional declaration attesting to irradiation in accordance with 7 CFR part 305

- if the fruit will be irradiated upon arrival into the continental U.S., joint inspection in Thailand and an additional declaration on the phytosanitary certificate are not required

- consignments are subject to inspection at ports of entry in the continental U.S.

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