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USDA Announces Availability of Pest Risk Analyses for Importation of Fresh Figs, Pomegranates and Baby Kiwi from Chile into the United States

February 17, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared two pest risk analyses, one for fresh figs and pomegranates grown in Chile and one for fresh baby kiwi fruit grown in Chile.  The analyses evaluate the risks associated with the importation into the continental United States of fresh figs, pomegranates and baby kiwi fruit from Chile.  Based on those analyses, APHIS believes that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of figs, pomegranates and baby kiwi from Chile.  The pest risk analyses, as well as an environmental assessment prepared in connection with this action, are now available for public review and comment.  After reviewing the comments received, APHIS will announce its decision regarding the import status of fresh figs, pomegranates and baby kiwi fruit from Chile.

Notice of this action was published in the Feb. 9 Federal Register.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before April 12.  You may submit comments by either of the following methods.

     Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2009-0097 to submit or view comments.
•     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:  Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0097, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.  Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0097.

Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and also can be reviewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building 14th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  Please call (202) 690‑2817 to facilitate entry into the comment reading room.

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