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Imports of Plants, Bananas, Mango Under Consideration

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is considering separate requests to authorize the importation of the following.

- dieffenbachia plants for planting into the U.S. and territories from Guatemala (comments due by Dec. 10)

- fresh green mature bananas for consumption into the continental U.S. from Uganda (comments due by Dec. 13)

- mango fruit for consumption into the U.S. and territories from Saint Lucia (comments due by Dec. 13)

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 being accepted.

Import Requirements for Plums from Chile May be Changed

Imports of plums from Chile are currently subject to irradiation, either in Chile or the U.S., as a mitigation for European grapevine moth. APHIS is now proposing to authorize such imports under a systems approach for EGVM as well as an option for fumigation with methyl bromide in Chile or at the U.S. port of entry. Comments on this proposal are due no later than Jan. 3.

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