APHIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule to Change Import Requirements on Fresh Persimmon with Calyxes from Japan into the United States

APHIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule to Change Import Requirements on Fresh Persimmon with Calyxes from Japan into the United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to allow the importation of fresh persimmon with calyxes from Japan into the United States under a systems approach. Interested parties can submit comments on the proposed rule until October 31, 2016.

After completing a comprehensive pest risk analysis, APHIS has determined persimmon with calyxes produced in Japan can be safely imported into the United States under a systems approach.  The systems approach would require a number of safeguards to be applied across the fruit production continuum to effectively reduce any risk, including: registration and monitoring of production places and packinghouses; pest control practices; fruit sampling; removal of damage, deformed, or diseased fruit; and traceability to the place of production; port of entry inspection and inspection for quarantine pests by the Japanese national plant protection organization. Additionally, all shipments would require a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the persimmon with calyxes have been inspected and found to be free of quarantine pests and were produced in accordance with the proposed requirements. 

APHIS will carefully consider all comments received by October 31, 2016, and then make its decision regarding any change to the Agency’s import regulations for fresh persimmon with calyxes into the United States.

ADDRESSES:  You may submit comments or on before October 31, 2016, by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0098
  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:  Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2015-0098, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.
  • Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0098 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC.  Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.  To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

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