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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through June 23 on the proposed revision and extension of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of fresh pomegranates from Chile into the continental U.S.
Pomegranates from Chile must be grown in a place of production that is registered with the government of Chile and certified as having a low prevalence of Brevipalpus chilensis. The fruit must undergo pre-harvest sampling at the registered production site and, following post-harvest processing, must be inspected in Chile at an approved inspection site. Each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the fruit has been found free of B. chilensis based on field and packinghouse inspections.
In connection with these requirements the regulations require respondents to complete documents such as a foreign phytosanitary certificate, phytosanitary inspections, marking of cartons, production site registration, a list of certified production sites, low prevalence production site certification, and identifying shipping documents.