USDA Begins Issuing Permits for the Importation of Fresh Mango Fruit from Pakistan
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its fruit and vegetable regulations to allow, under certain conditions, the importation of fresh mango fruit from Pakistan into the continental United States.
Based on the findings of a pest risk analysis, which was made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice, APHIS has determined that the application of one or more phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risk of introducing or disseminating certain plant pests or noxious weeds into the United States via the importation of fresh mango fruit from Pakistan.
The rule applies only to mangoes being commercially shipped to the United States. Mangoes, even if they have been treated, may not enter the United States in passenger baggage, hand-carried packages or small packages from a delivery service. Requiring all mangoes to be imported via commercial channels allows APHIS to assure strict quarantine security at the port of entry before the fruit enters the United States.
Notice of this final rule is published in today’s Aug. 27 Federal Register and is effective upon publication.
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