Background

Mango

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is considering a request to reinstate the importation of fresh mango from St. Vincent and the Grenadines for consumption into the U.S. APHIS has drafted a pest risk assessment that lists the potential pests likely to remain on this commodity upon importation if no mitigation is applied. Comments on this assessment, including information that might lead APHIS to revise its assessment before identifying pest mitigations and proceeding with the commodity import approval process, are due by May 21.

Citrus

APHIS has determined that five species of commercially-produced fresh citrus fruit (pummelo, Nanfeng honey mandarin, ponkan, sweet orange, and Satsuma mandarin) from China may be authorized for importation into the continental U.S. after April 15. Such imports will be subject to a number of phytosanitary measures, including the following.

- importation in commercial consignments only

- maintaining the identity and origin of the lot throughout the export process to the U.S.

- post-harvest visual inspection of fruit by the national plant protection organization of China or  officials authorized by the NPPO

- washing, brushing, and treatment with surface disinfectant and fungicide

- issuance of a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration

- port of entry inspections

- importation under a permit issued by APHIS

- possible remedial measures if quarantine pests are detected in/on consignments at U.S. ports of entry

Pears

APHIS has determined that fresh sand pears from all production areas of Japan may be authorized for importation into the U.S. after April 16. Such imports will be subject to the following revised list of conditions.

- bagged on trees to exclude pests in accordance with the operational workplan

- accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Japan

- subject to inspection at U.S. port of entry

- commercial consignments only

- imported under permit

Potato Seed

APHIS is considering a request to authorize the importation into the continental U.S. of greenhouse-grown, commercially-produced dried true potato seed for planting from the Netherlands. APHIS has drafted a pest risk assessment that lists the potential pests likely to remain on this commodity upon importation if no mitigation is applied. Comments on this assessment, including information that might lead APHIS to revise its assessment before identifying pest mitigations and proceeding with the commodity import approval process, are due by May 26.

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