Pears from China. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to authorize the importation of fragrant pears from an additional area of production in China (the Akesu region of Xinjiang Province). APHIS has determined that such pears can be safely imported from this region, as well as the currently allowed Korla region, under specific phytosanitary measures. These include growing the pears at a site registered with the national plant protection organization of China, harvesting only intact fruits for export, marking each shipping box with the identity of the packinghouse and grower, importing pears in commercial consignments only, and importing pears under permit. Comments on this analysis are due by June 17.

Citrus. The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule that, effective May 20, will (a) remove the grade and size requirements for Ambersweet and Temple oranges and simplify the tables outlining the grade and size requirements for interstate and export shipments and (b) combine the “seedless, red” and “seedless, except red” categories in the grapefruit import regulation into one “grapefruit, seedless” classification, with no change in trade and size requirements.

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