Effective June 11, the Department of Agriculture has issued a federal order suspending the importation of fresh pomegranate arils from Peru due to the detection of Mediterranean fruit fly larvae in two commercial consignments of such goods at Los Angeles International Airport. APHIS is also prohibiting overland in-bond transit movements of such materials south of 39 degrees latitude in the U.S. These prohibitions apply to all importation and movement, including commercial and non-commercial cargo, passenger baggage, international mail, and express courier shipments.

USDA notes that this prohibition does not affect the commercial importation of whole pomegranate fruit from Peru, which remain enterable with treatment.

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