APHIS Proposes to Allow Persimmon from New Zealand to be Imported into the United States

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend its regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow fresh persimmons from New Zealand into the United States.  APHIS scientists determined that persimmons produced under a systems approach will ensure the risk of plant pests entering the U.S. through the imported persimmons is managed, allowing persimmons to be safely imported.

APHIS published a pest risk assessment for stakeholder review and comment in April 2015. The assessment described the measures required to mitigate identified plant pests.  This systems approach, under which persimmon from New Zealand can be safely imported into the United States, includes the following measures:

APHIS will consider all comments that we receive on or before October 25, 2016, at the Federal eRulemaking Portal.   Comments can be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0052 or by mail at Docket No. APHIS-2015-0052, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.