APHIS Proposes to Allow Tree Tomatoes from Ecuador to be Imported into the Continental United States

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to allow fresh tree tomatoes (Solanum betaceum) from Ecuador into the continental United States.  APHIS has determined that tree tomatoes produced under a systems approach can be safely imported. The proposed rule will be published on June 21, 2017 and available for comment for 60 days.

The systems approach includes the following measures:

Additionally, the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Ecuador will have to provide APHIS with an operational workplan (subject to APHIS approval) that details activities the NPPO of Ecuador and production and packinghouses would implement to meet the requirements of the proposed systems approach. Tree tomatoes must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that they were produced under, and meet all the components of the systems approach.

APHIS will carefully consider all comments received by the deadline August 21, 2017 and then make its decision regarding any change to the Agency’s import regulations for fresh tree tomatoes from Ecuador into the continental United States.

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