The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Nov. 2, will authorize the importation of tomato plantlets in growing media from Mexico into the continental U.S. for propagation in greenhouses there.

Such imports will be subject to a systems approach consisting of measures currently specified for tomato plants for planting not imported in growing media as well as measures specific to all plants for planting that are imported in approved growing media. Additionally, the plantlets must be imported into greenhouses in the continental U.S. and the importers or the greenhouse owners must enter into compliance agreements regarding the conditions under which the plants must enter and be maintained within the greenhouses.

The rule provides that if all of these requirements are complied with, tomatoes produced from the imported greenhouse plantlets may be shipped from the greenhouses for commercial sale within the U.S.

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