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USDA Seeks Comment on a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Israeli Fresh Male Summer Squash Flowers into the Continental United States

February 17, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public that it has prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the importation of fresh male summer squash flowers from Israel into the continental United States.  Based on that analysis, APHIS has concluded that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the pest risk. APHIS is making the pest risk analysis available to the public for review and comment.

This action was published in the Feb. 9 Federal Register.

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

 

            Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and also can be reviewed at USDA, Room1141, 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.  To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.

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