Carrots from Korea

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has concluded that fresh carrots can safely be imported from Korea into the U.S. using one or more designated phytosanitary measures. APHIS states that the national plant protection organization of Korea would have to enter into an operational workplan that sets forth the daily procedures it would take to implement these measures, which include the following.

- carrots must be produced and imported in commercial consignments only

- carrots must be grown in registered places of production and packed in registered packinghouses as part of an export program to the U.S.

- the NPPO must review and maintain all forms and documents related to export program activities in these locations for at least one year

- noncompliance with the systems approach will result in no carrots from the associated place of production or packing being eligible for export to the U.S. until appropriate remedial actions have been implemented

- each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO with an additional declaration stating that the consignment was produced and prepared for export in accordance with the operational workplan and inspected and found free of pests of quarantine concern

Public comments on a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with imports of these carrots are due by Jan. 13. APHIS states that if the overall conclusions of its analysis and determination of risk remain unchanged following its consideration of any comments received it will authorize the importation of these carrots subject to the requirements specified.

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Imports of Plants, Basil Under Consideration

APHIS is considering requests to authorize the importation into the continental U.S. of (a) Dracaena spp. plants in growing media from Costa Rica and (b) basil from Ethiopia. APHIS has drafted separate pest risk assessments that list the potential pests likely to remain on these commodities upon importation if no mitigations are 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. 13.

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