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APHIS Proposed Rule May Allow Fresh Blueberry Imports from Morrocco

On December 31, APHIS published a proposed rule to allow the importation of fresh blueberry fruit from Morocco.  As a condition of entry, the blueberries would have to be produced under a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures for two quarantine pests, Ceratitis capitata and Monilinia fructigena, and would have to be inspected prior to exportation from Morocco and found free of these pests.  The blueberries would have to be imported in commercial consignments only and would have to be treated with one of two approved postharvest treatments to mitigate the risk of C. capitata.  These actions would allow the importation of blueberries from Morocco while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.  The deadline for comments is March 3, 2014.

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