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USDA Allows Papayas from Colombia and Ecuador into the United States

April 28, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow, under certain conditions, the importation of commercial shipments of fresh papayas from Colombia and Ecuador into the continental United States. The conditions for the importation of papayas from Colombia and Ecuador include requirements for field sanitation, hot water treatment and fruit fly trapping in papaya production areas. This action allows for the importation of papayas from Colombia and Ecuador while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the continental United States.

This final rule is published in today's April 28 Federal Register and becomes effective
May 28.

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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