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USDA Seeks Comment on Proposal to Allow Importation of Peppers from Panama Without Treatment

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June 2, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to allow, under certain conditions, the importation of commercial shipments of peppers from Panama into the United States without treatment. These conditions, which include trapping, pre-harvest inspection and shipping procedures, are designed to prevent the introduction of quarantine pests into the United States. This action would allow for the importation of peppers from Panama into the United States, while providing for protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.

This action was published in the June 1 Federal Register.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Aug. 2. You may submit comment by either of the following methods.

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/
    main?main= DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2010-0002
    to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0002, 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-2010-0002.

Comments are posted on the Reglations.gov Web site and may also 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. To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.

Note to Reporters: Public notices and other APHIS information are available on the Internet and through Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. Go to the APHIS news release page at www.aphis.usda.gov and click on the “Newsroom” button to view and/or sign up to receive releases via the RSS feed link. For additional information about this topic contact Alyn Kiel at (301) 734-5222 or by e-mail at alyn.g.kiel@aphis.usda.gov.

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