Melissa O’Dell (301) 734-5222
USDA DELAYS EFFECTIVE DATE FOR CUT FLOWER IMPORT REQUIREMENTS FROM COUNTRIES WHERE CHRYSANTHEMUM WHITE RUST OCCURS
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2007--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is delaying until June 2, the implementation date for new requirements that must be met in order to import cut flowers that are hosts of chrysanthemum white rust from countries where the disease is known to occur.
The delay will allow affected groups additional time needed to make necessary preparations in order to comply with the new inspection and certification procedures that will be instituted as a result of this final rule. During the delay, APHIS will continue to apply existing administrative restrictions on cut flowers from countries where chrysanthemum white rust is known to occur.
Chrysanthemum white rust is a serious disease of chrysanthemums caused by the fungus, Puccinia horiana. Plants for propagation as well cut flowers are considered the primary pathway for the introduction of chrysanthemum white rust.
Notice of this action was published in the May 11 in the Federal Register.
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