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: