USDA Affirms its Decision to Maintain the Light Brown Apple Moth as a Quarantine Pest

USDA Affirms its Decision to Maintain the Light Brown Apple Moth as a Quarantine Pest

Feb 7, 2014 USDA Affirms its Decision to Maintain the Light Brown Apple Moth as a Quarantine Pest

We are notifying the public of our decision to maintain our classification of the light brown apple moth (LBAM, Epiphyas postvittana [Walker]) as a quarantine pest. In making this decision, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) evaluated the possibility of and impact from  reclassifying LBAM from an actionable, quarantine-significant pest to a nonactionable, non-quarantine pest. By maintaining a regulatory program for LBAM, APHIS is seeking to minimize the further spread of the moth in the United States and maintain foreign trade markets for our producers. This decision is based on our evaluation of data submitted by the two petitioners seeking the reclassification of LBAM, our analysis of other scientific data,
and comments received from the public in response to our previous notice announcing the
availability of our revised draft response to those petitions.

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